County Council named as one of Britain’s Top 100 LGBT-Inclusive Employers

03 February 2020

Nottinghamshire County Council has consolidated its position as one of the most inclusive places to work in Britain for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

Leading LGBT rights charity, Stonewall has ranked the County Council as the 68th most inclusive employer in the country in its annual Top 100 Employers report.

Nottinghamshire is also ranked the 2nd highest County Council in the country and the 2nd highest authority in the East Midlands.

This year’s Top 100 was the largest ever with 503 employers entering, demonstrating their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion.

As part of the Top 100, Stonewall collects more than 109,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity. This year, 81 per cent of LGBT employees who responded to the survey said they feel able to be themselves in the workplace.

As well as being great news for the County Council’s LGBT employees and councillors, the ranking in recognition of the wider progress being made by the Council to embed the value to ‘treat people fairly’, both as an employer and provider of public services.

Marjorie Toward, Chair of the Council’s Corporate Equality Group said: “This is great news and reflects the range of innovative, supportive and inclusive work taking place across the Council.

“It sends a powerful message to all our employees and potential future employees and the people we serve, that Nottinghamshire County Council is a welcoming, inclusive place to work for everyone. It also provides assurance to everyone living in Nottinghamshire that, through our policies and services, we are committed to fairness and respect for all.”

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Executive Director of Workplace & Community Programmes, said: 'We are delighted to name Nottinghamshire County Council 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.

'We still don't live in a world where everyone is able to be themselves in the workplace, as we know more than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) hide who they are at work. By taking steps to make their workplaces supportive and welcoming of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, businesses like Nottinghamshire County Council are bringing us closer to a world where everyone is accepted without exception.”

To qualify for the Stonewall Top 100 Employers index, employers are assessed on their work in ten areas of employment policy and practice – from training to community engagement. And staff from across each organisation are approached to complete an anonymous survey about their experiences at work.

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