Stonewall names JRF and JRHT one of Britain’s top 100 LGBT inclusive employers

21st Jan 2019

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust have together been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019. JRF/JRHT ranks 67th on LGBT charity’s annual list.

This year’s Top 100 was the largest ever with 445 employers entering, demonstrating their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion.

As part of the Top 100, Stonewall collects more than 92,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity. An overwhelming 93 per cent of non-LGBT employees who responded to the survey, say they understand why their employer is committed to LGBT equality.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive said:

“We are delighted and very proud to be one of the top 100 workplaces on Stonewall’s prestigious index. Our whole organisation has worked together to ensure that we are as inclusive as we can be for staff, residents and everyone who interacts with us.

“We have a very active LGBT Plus staff network which leads on raising awareness and celebrating the achievements of LGBT people. This has led to senior staff attending conferences, committing to make changes and being proactive allies.

“To have improved our rating and entered the top 100 is something we will all want to celebrate but we also know that to continue to be inclusive we have to keep learning, keep engaging and keep questioning ourselves and our actions. We are confident that we can continue to build on this and ensure that the entire organisation is as inclusive as possible.”

Anne Mwangi, JRF/JRHT Head of Diversity and Inclusion said “I am absolutely delighted to see that our hard work in implementing inclusive policies, practices and engagement with our staff, residents and community members has paid off”. 

Last year, Stonewall released research that revealed more than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) have hidden they are LGBT at work and almost one in five LGBT employees (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments from colleagues because of their identity.

Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director said: ‘JRF and JRHT and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK. LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people. More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more and shows we still have lots to do. However, with organisations on this list displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.’

Stonewall’s Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.

Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they’ve engaged with LGBT communities.