Assembly improves Stonewall ranking for gay-friendly places to work

Published 12/01/2011   |   Last Updated 14/07/2014

Assembly improves Stonewall ranking for gay-friendly places to work

12 January 2011

The National Assembly for Wales has been ranked 42nd in the top 100 gay-friendly places to work in the UK, up five places from last year.

The Workplace Equality Index, produced by equal rights organisation Stonewall, examines corporate strategies, staff LGB networks, staff engagement and development, and positive feedback.

Last year the National Assembly for Wales was placed 47th.

Commissioner for the Sustainable Assembly, Lorraine Barrett AM, said: “I am very pleased with our 42nd place in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index – up five places from last year.

“It shows our continuing commitment to providing a workplace where all staff feel valued and supported.

“As ever, this ranking will only encourage us to do even more in future to make sure equality and inclusion is at the heart of the way we work and evolve.

“I would hope our efforts encourage other companies and organisations in Wales to follow our example.”

Stonewall Cymru Director, Andrew White, said: “Congratulations to the National Assembly for Wales which has improved its ranking by five places this year, an excellent achievement.

“Competition was fiercer than ever to secure a place on the 2011 list. We received more entries than any previous year from employers who understand that people perform better when they can be themselves.

“Stonewall’s research has found that gay people are far more likely to buy goods or services from companies they know are gay-friendly. The Index is a powerful tool used by Britain's 1.7 million gay employees and 150,000 gay university students to decide where to take their talent and skills.”

More information on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index is available here