Five consultancies have been named one of the UK’s top 100 LGBTQ+ employers by Stonewall. The companies were awarded the premises after demonstrating their commitment to promoting truly inclusive work environments.
Founded in 1989, Stonewall is a UK LGBTQ+ rights charity. To recognize employers who make a strong commitment to promoting equality, Stonewall conducts annual company performance surveys and highlights top performers in its Workplace Equality Index (WEI). Organizations are assessed in 10 different areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement.
In 2022, almost 80,000 employees from over 400 organizations took part in the employee survey. This data is then used for Stonewall’s annual Top 100 Employers list. This evaluates organizations based on their efforts and commitment to creating welcoming environments for their LGBTQ+ employees.
“We spend so much time at work, and our careers can be a big part of how we define ourselves. Every single lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer person should be able to be themselves at work,” said Liz Ward, program director at Stonewall. “From understanding how HR policies like parental leave affect them, to knowing they can speak openly about their lives and their partners at the coffee maker, the impact of inclusive workplaces can be life-changing.”
This year, five consultancies were named among the UK’s top 100 LGBTQ+ employers. According to Ward, this “amazing” achievement was due to “her efforts and dedication to creating an inclusive work environment.”
Position in the top 100 list for LGBTQ+ employers: 17th
How KPMG supports LGBQT+ inclusion
KPMG in the UK has been named in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers for the last five consecutive years and was also recognized in the 2021 British LGBT Awards Top 10 Inclusive Employers. Voluntarily released its Sexual Orientation Pay Gap in 2020, prior to being legally required to do so. KPMG’s Breathe Employee Network serves to celebrate and advance LGBTQ+ awareness by providing opportunities for colleagues to share experiences, receive professional development guidance and engage with non-LGBTQ+ colleagues. The network also engages clients in raising LGBTQ+ awareness.
Position in the top 100 list of LGBTQ+ employers: 53
How Oliver Wyman supports LGBQT+ inclusion
Another ubiquitous figure in Stonewall’s rankings, Oliver Wyman, is committed to creating an environment that prioritizes equity, values inclusion and expects respect. The company’s values are global and regardless of where its customers operate, it does not tolerate homophobia or transphobia. While Oliver Wyman’s inclusion efforts aim to empower colleagues around the world to live authentically, its LGBTQ+ and Allies network GLOW supports inclusion and diversity initiatives and advocates for the unique needs of Oliver Wyman’s LGBT+ and allied colleagues all over the world.
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Position in the top 100 list for LGBTQ+ employers: 81st
How OC&C supports LGBQT+ inclusion
The LGBTQ+ Network aims to build and sustain an environment within OC&C where all individuals feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work and feel empowered to thrive, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression . The network works with two charities: UK-based Just Like Us, which works with schools to raise awareness of LGBTQ+ issues and fight homophobia, biphobia and transphobia; and SpeakOut Boston, the oldest LGBTQ+ speaking bureau in the United States. OC&C has also been part of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions program for several years, with a press release on its Top 100 status stating, “We are delighted that our work in building a more LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace has been recognized.”
Position in the top 100 list for LGBTQ+ employers: 89
How EY supports LGBQT+ inclusion
Unity is a professional network based in the offices of EY member firms around the world that promotes LGBT+ inclusivity among its employees and the surrounding communities through education and team building. Established in 1995, the network was one of the first of its kind in the private sector in the UK and the first employee-led network at EY. There are now 4,750 members in more than 70 countries and territories around the world.
Position in the top 100 list for LGBTQ+ employers: 89
How RSM supports LGBQT+ inclusion
RSM’s Pride employee networking group promotes an LGBTQ+ inclusive culture and empowers its members to be their authentic selves through leadership training, business development training, networking opportunities and LBGTQ+ community activities. It also participates in the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, which features workshops, expert panels, networking mixers and plenary sessions with keynotes from prominent LGBTQ+ and allies. Through Out & Equal, RSM Pride members have access to leadership development, training and consulting, and professional networking opportunities that create inclusive and welcoming work environments.
According to a study by BCG, the UK is second in a list of countries where LGBT+ talent feels comfortable coming out at work. However, there is still work to be done when it comes to promoting inclusion and equality in UK offices. The company also found that LGBTQ+ workers were paid an average annual salary nearly £7,000 less than their “straight” counterparts, while one in four respondents added that they were “in the closet” at work.