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Lloyds is named Britain’s most inclusive employer

Stonewall, a charity specialising in equality issues, has named Lloyds as the number one UK employer for being inclusive in the workplace

The banking group landed this honour after it began a volunteering service and formed alliances with gay, bisexual, transgender and lesbian groups or charities.

The high-street bank has also flown the flags signifying support for transgender and bisexual members of the community and supported campaigns on social media and awareness days to promote acceptance and tolerance.

The company that took second place in the ranking was Pinsent Masons, a law firm. JP Morgan, the American banking group, secured third place. The intelligence agency MI5, which topped the list in the previous year, now shares fifth place with the Welsh Assembly.

Stonewall rates equality in the workplace every year and the latest survey attracted 439 participating employers, which was a record. More than 90,000 staff members filled out a questionnaire about the culture in their workplace.

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall’s chief executive, said that Lloyds had forged a positive path to equality for staff members, no matter what their sexuality or gender identification. She explained that the banking group did an excellent job in making sure that all its employees felt supported and appreciated, adding that recent developments indicated that human rights could never be taken for granted and that corporate employers occupied a position of influence in the treatment of gay, lesbian, trans or bisexual workers. She added that it was encouraging to see so many private companies with high rankings on Stonewall’s equality index.

Antonio Horta Osorio, the group chief executive of Lloyds, said that the banking group was committed to helping all staff to feel valued and supported. With its support of diversity, the bank is not only developing the talents of its employees but also helping the company to perform better and be part of a more prosperous nation.

Around half of the positions in the equality index’s top ten were occupied by law firms. The top 100 inclusive employers featured more law firms, along with a wide range of educational organisations, governmental organisations, and companies in the finance and banking sector. Other employers represented included universities, the Army, a number of police forces, and the National Crime Agency.

The House of Commons achieved a ranking of 28th place. John Bercow, the speaker of the House of Commons, said that the placement was a reflection of committing to the provision of a working environment in which every member of staff felt supported and valued. He added that gaining a position on this sought-after list conveyed a forceful message about the values of the House of Commons.

Stonewall is a national charity that campaigns for the rights of trans, bisexual, lesbian and gay people. The organisation aims to eliminate discrimination and prejudice while providing support, enabling individuals to feel free to be who they are and develop their talents accordingly.

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