We're absolutely delighted to announce that two of our key members, Wolverhampton Homes and the University of Wolverhampton have made it into Stonewall's Top 100 Employers list, which recognises the very best in the fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people within the world of work.
The list is chosen from amongst Stonewall's Workplace Equality Index, which organisations submit to, to demonstrate their commitment to LGBT equality and to share best practice.
Wolverhampton Homes, who manage around 23,000 council homes on behalf of City of Wolverhampton Council, ranked 45th. This is an improvement on last year's result of 63rd. This year's result was only possible thanks to the efforts of Wolverhampton Homes' LGBT staff network, Proud To Be Me. Read their blog to find out more.
Adam Booth, Chair of Proud To Be Me and Secretary for the Alliance said:
I couldn’t be more pleased that Wolverhampton Homes has placed number 45 in Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers for 2018, jumping 18 places up from last year's position of 63rd. I am immensely proud and it’s a credit to all our colleagues who have worked so hard towards embracing diversity and striving for equality.
The University of Wolverhampton smashed their way into the top 100 for the first time with a phenomenal result, coming 62nd. The university has a strong commitment to LGBT equality and was one of the organisers behind Wolves Pride 2017, alongside Wolverhampton Homes and City of Wolverhampton Council.
Will Cooling, Head of Equalities for the university said:
As a University we have placed a great emphasis over the past year on being a visible advocate for LGBT Equality. We have organised a series of public events to highlight the unique contribution made to society by LGBT people, and explore the unique challenges they face. We have also supported LGBT community events held in Wolverhampton, Walsall, Shropshire and Birmingham. We are delighted that this work has been recognised by Stonewall, and are excited by the further work we have planned.