UK: the best employers for LGBT people were announced

The top global employers for LGBT inclusivity have been announced by the British charity Stonewall.

The companies listed on the charity’s Global Employers for 2018 are: Accenture, Allen & Overy, Baker McKenzie, Barclays PLC, BP, Dentons, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP, Pinsent MAsons, Royal Bank of Scotland, SAP, Simmons & Simmons, Vodafone and Zurich Insurance Group.

In Poland only Royal Bank of Scotland is recognised as LGBT-friendly workplace by Pro Diversity standards.

Ruth Hunt, the chief executive of Stonewall said:

LGBT people face discrimination, violence and isolation in every country in the world. In more than 70 countries, consensual same-sex activity remains illegal, and the death penalty exists in eight. Only six countries allow trans people to self-determine their gender. At a time when global LGBT rights are under threat of going backwards, we’re proud to work alongside our Top Global Employers, who operate in some extremely difficult contexts, to ensure all people are protected and welcome at work, wherever they are.

The criteria on which the organisations are marked include employee policy, training, staff engagement, leadership, monitoring, community engagement, procurement and understanding local context, global mobility and additional in-country activity.

Hunt will present three additional awards to the three global employers at an event in London this week.

Pro Diversity have partnered with Stonewall on several occasions.

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