The Stonewall Top 100 2014

bensummerskillStonewall has revealed its 2014 Workplace Equality Index – a listing of Britain's best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Coming out on top of this year’s rankings is housing organization, Gentoo, followed in second place Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and The Co-operative in third. Accenture and EY complete the top five.


This is the first time that a housing sector employer has taken the top spot. Britain’s military and security services are well represented on the list, with the Security Service (MI5), Ministry of Defence, the Army and the Royal Navy all securing positions.
Leicestershire County Council LGBT Workers’ Group wins the award for Employee Network Group of the Year and Ministry of Defence is named Most Improved Employer of the Year. Andy Woodfield, Head of International Development Consulting at PwC is named Senior Champion of the Year. IBM wins the award for Global Employer of the Year.
The full results of the Stonewall Top Employers 2014: The Workplace Equality Index was announced at a ceremony hosted on Wednesday 15 January at Tate Britain, the first museum to appear in the Top 100 gay-friendly employers. You can also view the results, along with interviews with employees at some of the companies listed, in the latest issue of, Out at Work, which is distributed free around LGBT venues and selected LGBT networks across the UK.
Ben Summerskill (pictured), Stonewall Chief Executive said: “Gentoo and every single employer in the Top 100 has performed remarkably this year as competition for a place on the list of gay-friendly employers has never been fiercer. This commitment from organisations – across 38 different industries – is changing the face of workplaces for the better for all staff – regardless of their sexual orientation.”
Peter Walls, Gentoo Chief Executive Officer said: “Winning this award is an amazing achievement. It truly is the people at Gentoo that make this business great and it is vital that everyone feels able to be themselves at work and give us all they’ve got. This award will motivate us to continue to find new ways of working towards our vision.”
“The 2014 list of top gay-friendly employers shows that even in challenging economic circumstances employers from all sectors remain keen to support and develop their gay staff,” added Stonewall Deputy Chief Executive Laura Doughty. “With 38 different industries participating, this year was the most competitive Index to date, with employers needing to score 148 (up from 137 in 2013) to make the prestigious Top 100 list of gay-friendly employers.”

The Top 100 list is based on the results of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality 2014, the tenth published by the charity. The Index is based on a range of key indicators which include a confidential questionnaire of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, with over 9,700 participants.
 
For further information on the Workplace Equality Index visit www.stonewall.org.uk/WEI2014 or follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #WEI2014

Top 100 ranking employers in the 2014 Workplace Equality Index

*N.B. Those with = signs have joint ranking by score

1 Gentoo
2 Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
3 The Co-operative
4 Accenture
5 = EY
5 = Home Office
7 IBM
8 = Simmons & Simmons
8 = Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service
10 Barclays

11 = Leicestershire County Council
11 = National Assembly for Wales
11 = St Mungo's
14 Morgan Stanley
15 = Bristol City Council
15 = Derbyshire County Council
15 = Lloyds Banking Group
18 Environment Agency
19 = Baker & McKenzie LLP
19 = London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
19 = North Wales Police
19 = South Wales Police

23 Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust              
24 Metropolitan
25 = Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
25 = Liverpool John Moores University
25 = Newcastle City Council
25 = The Security Service (MI5)
29 Leicestershire Police


30 = CMS Cameron McKenna
30 = Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
30 = Herbert Smith Freehills
30 = Your Homes Newcastle
34 Department of Health
35 = Crown Prosecution Service
35 = Hogan Lovells
35 = Ministry of Defence
35 = Office for National Statistics
35 = University of the West of England


40 Royal Bank of Scotland Group 41 = Cheshire Constabulary
41 = Creative Skillset
41 = London Borough of Waltham Forest
44 Tower Hamlets Homes
45 = Department for Work and Pensions
45 = Derby City Council
45 = Eversheds LLP
45 = Genesis Housing Association
45 = Pinsent Masons
45 = West Yorkshire Probation Trust


51 Action for Children
52 = Cardiff University
52 = Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
54 = Bury Council
54 = Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service                         
54 = PwC
57 University of Liverpool
58 = Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
58 = London Borough of Tower Hamlets
58 = Suffolk Constabulary

61 = Riverside
61 = South East Coast Ambulance Service         
61 = Suffolk County Council                                     
64 West Sussex County Council
65 Clydesdale Bank
66 = Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
66 = Hertfordshire County Council
66 = Liverpool Community Health NHS Trust
66 = London Borough of Hackney
66 = London Borough of Islington
66 = Norton Rose Fulbright


72 = Land Registry
72 = Northumbria Probation Trust
72 = South Tyneside Homes
72 = Victim Support
76 = Core Assets Group
76 = Leeds City Council
76 = Transport for London
79 = The Army
79 = Royal Navy
79 = Tate


82 = Newham College of Further Education
82 = Sheffield City Council
82 = Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
82 = University of Sheffield
86 = Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust  
86 = Citi
86 = Nationwide Building Society
86 = Nottingham City Homes


90 American Express
91 = Aviva
91 = Birmingham City Council
91 = Somerset College
91 = Sussex Police
91 = Touchstone
96 = Citizens Advice
96 = County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust
96 = Dyfed Powys Police
96 = Plus Dane Group
100 Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust 

*N.B. Those with = signs have joint ranking by score