Category: Discrimination, LGBT inclusion, Stonewall, Government, House of Commons, WORKPLACE, Employer, commitment
The House of Commons position sees an impressive rise of 88 places from last year to 28, reflecting the House’s ongoing commitment to creating an inclusive workplace. Within the Government sector, the House of Commons is ranked number 4 in the UK.
The index measures the efforts of Britain’s employers to tackle discrimination and promote inclusive and supportive workplaces for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees. The index assesses how employers perform in both policy and practice, from employee training on discrimination issues to the visibility of LGBT role models. In addition to evidence submitted by employers, Stonewall seeks feedback directly from the entrants’ LGBT employees via a survey on workplace culture.
Anne Foster, Head of Diversity & Inclusion said:
‘This really is an amazing achievement and would not have been possible without a significant input from a dedicated team, especially our Diversity & Inclusion Programme Manager Kerry O’Loughlin, our workplace equality network ParliOUT, and their champions. Together, we’ve demonstrated to Stonewall in our application the tremendous work taking place across Parliament and how we are promoting and supporting a workplace that is accessible, diverse, and free from discrimination."
ParliOUT is a Workplace Equality Network (WEN) in support of LGBTIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning) people in Parliament. A principal aim of ParliOUT is to make LGBTIQ role models more visible and accessible.
ParliOUT also provides a welcoming social forum and an informal support network of people from across Parliament. With the other WENs, ParliOUT strives to create a supportive and inclusive working environment by providing support, guidance, educational and networking opportunities to all staff and Members of both Houses of Parliament. It is also an informal point of contact for LGBT issues that may arise in the workplace, such as bullying and harassment and can signpost members to specific services available to them or towards colleagues within their own department who can help.
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