SoSoGay – January 15th 2015

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust has won top place in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list, which showcases Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. Tower Hamlets Homes came in second place and Lloyds Banking Group in third.

Ruth Hawkins, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, said: ‘The Trust has an outstanding reputation for its proactive approach to all strands of equality and diversity. Having appeared in the Top 100 list for a number of years, it is especially rewarding to see that our continued efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace have been recognised.’

Even though it was just 15 years ago that the ban on lesbian, gay and bisexual people serving in the military was lifted, all three of the armed forces appear on the list for the first time, with the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force securing positions at 46, 56 and 91 respectively. The intelligence service, MI5, takes seventh place.

Accenture, Barclays, BP, Citi, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, Herbert Smith Freehills, HSBC, IBM and RBS are named as Top Global Employers, based on their support for their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff worldwide.

Stonewall’s Chief Executive Ruth Hunt, said: ‘Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and every employer featured in the 2015 Top 100 have performed remarkably. Not only was this the most competitive year to date, we’re delighted to see that in just fifteen years our armed forces are making real progress in supporting and developing their lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.’

The Top 100 list is based on the results of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2015, the 11th 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. This consistently revealed that employees from organisations ranked in Stonewall’s Top 100 exhibited higher levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty.

For further information on the Workplace Equality Index visit or follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #WEI2015.

Read the article on the SoSoGay site here.