The British Army has once again proved its commitment to creating an inclusive workplace with its 32nd placing in the 2016 Stonewall Top 100 Employers workplace equality index, a climb of 14 places from last year.
Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers, now in its twelfth year, is the definitive list of the best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. And now, for the first time trans-inclusive questions have allowed Stonewall to gather information about what employers are doing to further gender equality in the workplace.
Commander Field Army Lieutenant General Sir James Everard said: “I am delighted that the Army has once more demonstrated the progress it has made as an inclusive employer by achieving its highest-ever ranking within the Stonewall Top 100 Employers.
“I know that much of the credit for this must go to our LGBT Network who works tirelessly to represent the Army’s LGBT community and constantly challenge the policy makers and chain of command to do better.”
The survey asks questions covering key indicators of workplace culture, while the index’s criterion explores ten areas of employment policy and practice. To supplement evidence submitted by employers, Stonewall also seeks feedback directly from the entrant’s staff. The feedback is sent directly to Stonewall and is anonymous.
Warrant Officer Karen Styles, Army LGBT Forum Chair, said: “As the Chair of the Army LGBT Forum I am extremely pleased with placing as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for the 3rd consecutive year. This has shown that through the dedication of the whole forum team we have continued to educate and mentor formations and individuals within the Chain of Command on the importance of having a truly diverse workplace.”
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: “The British Army and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year. We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement. I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception”.
The Army has been a member of Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme since 2006.