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Civil Service named one of the most gay-friendly workplaces

10 government departments feature in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2014.

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Well done to all the Civil Service organisations making the top 100:

  • Home Office (5th)
  • National Assemby for Wales (11th)
  • Environment Agency (18th)
  • The Secuiry Service (MI5) (25th)
  • Department of Health (34th)
  • Crown Prosecution Service (35th)
  • Ministry of Defence (=35th)
  • Office for National Statistics (=35th)
  • Department for Work and Pensions (45th)
  • Land Registry (72nd)

For 10 years running, Stonewall’s Index has helped transform over 800 workplaces across Britain and is hailed as one of the definitive benchmarks for gay-friendly employers. Today, participation in Stonewall’s Index sends a powerful signal of an organisation’s commitment to its most vital resource, its people.

The Civil Service is proud of its strong relationship with Stonewall and individual departments use their Workplace Equality Index to benchmark against best practice. Stonewall also runs workshops that share good practice among civil servants whose work involves the promotion and monitoring of diversity.

The chief executive of Stonewall, Ben Summerskill, described the competition for a place on this year’s list as never being fiercer. The Civil Service runs a number of groups to provide support and advice to staff and help to implement best practice. The Civil Service Rainbow Alliance is the cross government network for lesbian, gay and bisexual colleagues and individual departments operate their own groups.

Diversity in the Civil Service brings in the best people and developing talent irrespective of background, so helps to modernise the organisation.

Published 22 January 2014