Stonewall has published its annual Workplace Equality Index, showcasing the UK's top 100 employers for gay people. Top 2007 employer is IBM. In second place is last year's winner, Staffordshire Police. The Greater London Authority and Manchester City Council tie for third place. Lloyds TSB has been named Most Improved Employer.

Larry Hirst, Country General Manager at IBM UK, says: "To be recognised by Stonewall as the leading UK employer for workplace equality is a source of tremendous pride. I'm convinced that the principles of diversity, inclusion and equality must sit at the heart of any truly modern, successful and confident organisation. This award will give IBM the impetus to further imbed these principles into the way we work, empowering all of our employees to succeed and thrive".

Fiona Cannon, Head of Equality and Diversity at Lloyds TSB says: "Our progress sends a powerful message to our lesbian, gay and bisexual staff and customers about how committed we are to making sure our organisation is fully inclusive, and has significantly helped us in building our brand with the LGB community.

Employers were ranked according to criteria ranging from implementation of an effective equality policy to demonstrating how they engage with their lesbian and gay staff and customers and service users. The Index assesses actual practice, such as recruitment and mentoring activity, as well as just policy.

"Employers actively engaged in the talent market take Stonewall's Workplace Equality very seriously," says Stephen Frost, Stonewall's Director of Workplace Programmes

Posted by, Asif Yusuf.



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