Last night a number of LGBT friendly employers in Scotland were recognised for their contribution to equality in the workplace by Stonewall Scotland at an event hosted by Lloyds Banking Group at their headquarters on the Mound, Edinburgh.
For the second successive year, Lloyds Banking Group were named Employer of the Year.
The event follows the recent announcement of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers. Over 400 employers opted to partcipate in this year’s Workplace Equality Index, through which organisations demonstrate their expertise and awareness in employment policy and practice, as well as training and community engagement.
Police Scotland was named Most Improved Employer in recognition of their entering the Top 100 list for the first time. The Golden Jubilee Foundation was awarded Sector Champion as a result of its placing as the highest performing NHS and Social Care organisation in Britain. Pinsent Masons won Sector Champion for the top performing legal firm in Scotland. Special Recognition Awards were handed to Tesco Bank and NHS National Services Scotland for showing innovation in joint working and sharing best practice, and to the Scottish Prison Service for its progressive policy in the treatment of trans people in custody.
Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “Our award winners represent the organisations who are doing the most to further equality for their staff and who are making a difference to their workplaces every day.
“Our vision is of a Scotland where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people can realise every ounce of their potential. We’re very proud of our award winners and employers featured in the Top 100: they are helping make that vision a reality.”
Fiona Cannon OBE, Group Director of Inclusion and Diversity at Lloyds Banking Group, said: “I’m delighted that Lloyds Banking Group has been recognised as the Top Employer for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in Scotland for a second year. This recognition supports our aim to create a truly inclusive organisation where everyone feels welcomed and valued without needing to hide, change or compromise anything about themselves. Over the past 12 months we’ve continued to make progress in this space, which has been reflected by an increase in engagement for our LGBT colleagues – a key goal in our Helping Britain Prosper Plan.”