Scotland’s top LGBT inclusive employers have been recognised by Stonewall Scotland at an event hosted by ScottishPower in Glasgow.

Law firm Pinsent Masons LLP were awarded Top Private Sector Employer in recognition of their placing at the head of Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list 2019.

Skills Development Scotland were named Top Public Sector Employer after entering the Top 100 for the first time.  The Scottish Government’s LGBTI Network Group were also recognised as Network Group of the Year.

The Golden Jubilee Foundation were named Star Performer of the Year, recognising their decade long commitment to LGBT equality in the workplace.

Individuals were also recognised for their efforts in LGBTI equality, including Stonewall’s Role Model of the Year, Maggie Archibald, who has been a strong advocate in her role at West Lothian Council and was a founder of West Lothian Pride.

Colin Macfarlane, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said:

“LGBT inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to proudly support LGBT people in their organisations. Our award winners are all leading the way, championing lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality in the workplace. They know that helping stage feel that they can bring their full selves to work doesn’t just make a huge difference to individual team members – it makes real business sense too.”

Richard Foley, Senior Partner at Pinsent Masons said:

“We are delighted to receive Stonewall Scotland’s Top Private Sector Employer Award for the second consecutive year. For us as a firm, this accolade represents not just the work undertaken in D&I initiatives in our Scottish offices, but recognises the action taken across the entire firm to deepen the connections amongst our local LGBT and Allies networks, and share our experiences with the firm’s other D&I networks, our clients and the intermediaries we work and interact with each day.”

“It isn’t about reaching the top spot; it’s about what the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index stands for and what everyone engaged in it is working so hard to accomplish. Pinsent Masons has created an inclusive workplace that enables everyone to be themselves; from our recruitment processes through to our engagement with clients.”

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The Scottish Government picked up the award for Network Group of the Year.  Barbara Allison, Director for Communications, Ministerial Support and Facilities and Senior LGBTI Champion at the Scottish Government, said:

“LGBTI equality and inclusion are at the heart of our ambition to be a world-leading, diverse employer where people can be themselves at work. Our LGBTI Network is critical to building a supportive and inclusive workplace, providing a valuable space of empowerment, community and constructive challenge to our organisation.”

“It has shown itself to be a powerful force for good in shifting perceptions and promoting understanding and we are delighted that the hard work of its members has been recognised by Stonewall.”

Stonewall research in 2018 revealed that more than a third of LGBT staff (36 per cent) have hidden who they are at work for fear of discrimination.

You can read more about the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index here.

Pic credits: Stonewall Scotland

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