One organisation in the West Midlands has made the Top 100 Employers list, compiled by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall. The Top 100 is the UK’s definitive list ranking employers from across public, private and third sectors on how LGBT-inclusive their workplaces are and is intensely competitive.
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust made an impressive debut, entering the list for the first time in 2019 and ranking at number 84.
Chair of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB), Rt. Hon. Jacqui Smith, said: ‘I’m incredibly proud of UHB’s commitment to greater inclusivity and the strengthening of a truly equal Trust where our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans colleagues feel welcomed, comfortable and free to be who they are.
‘In the past year UHB has expanded its staff networks, embedded policies to support our trans colleagues and patients, marked and celebrated the achievements of the LGBT community, and demonstrated pledges to highlight and tackle the profound inequalities and challenges the community still faces.
‘UHB will further this vital work in the coming years and will continue to engage with – and listen closely to – all voices across our workforce and our LGBT community. This will ensure UHB remains not only a fantastic place to work, but a place where you will feel supported and happy to simply be yourself.’
This year’s Top 100 was the most competitive ever with 445 employers vying for a coveted spot.
Last year, Stonewall released research that showed more than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) have hidden they are LGBT at work and almost one in five LGBT employees (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments from colleagues because of their identity.
Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director said: ‘The University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and all the organisations who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK. LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people. With so many organisations displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception. ‘
Full results of the Top 100 Employers list can be found online at: www.stonewall.org.uk/t1002019.