The British Army is pleased to be counted, once again, as one of the top 100 employers in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2020.
Competition is fierce with 503 organisations and companies in the running and this year sees the Army ranked the highest in Defence at 82nd.
The Army’s position in the top 100 is a testament to how far it has come in a relatively short time since the ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual personnel serving in the Armed Forces was lifted 20 years ago.
We recognise the value a diverse workforce offers Deputy Chief of the General Staff
Lieutenant General Chris Tickell CBE, Deputy Chief of the General Staff, British Army and the Army LGBT+ Champion said; "We are proud that the work we do has been recognised by Stonewall. As an organisation, we are committed to ensuring that all our people feel confident in bringing their whole selves to work. We recognise the value a diverse workforce offers and the important contribution that an inclusive environment brings to delivering operational effectiveness.’
Over the last year the Army has continued to develop as an organisation that respects difference, attracts talent from all areas of society, embraces equality and always challenges unacceptable behaviour. The launch of the Army’s Diversity Allies programme during National Inclusion Week in September reaffirmed the Army’s inclusivity culture. Allies now work together to ensure that individuals can be their true selves at work, supporting colleagues and calling out unacceptable behaviour. Courses are now being rolled out across the Army.
Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Executive Director of Workplace & Community Programmes said; 'We are delighted to name the Army as one of our Top 100 Employers this year. All the organisations in this year's Top 100 Employer's list are playing a huge role in improving the lives of LGBT people, and should be very proud of their work.’