Newcastle City Council crowned Britain’s most LGBT inclusive workplace


Newcastle City Council has been revealed to be the most inclusive employer in the UK by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its 2020 Top 100 Employers list.

Newcastle City Council

The council has become the first local authority to ever reach the pole position since Stonewall started its annual ranking back sixteen years ago.

The council, who came fifth in the 2019 list and has been the highest-ranking local authority for the last three years, claimed the top spot this year for their commitment to equality. LGBT inclusion is embedded across all areas of their work, from employee HR policies to recruitment processes and all internal communications.

Gay friendly: Stonewall has published its Top 100 UK employers.

Marketing makes the list, just!

Dentsu Aegis became the first marketing firm to appear on the list. The global firm came in at number 59 on the Stonewall Top 100.

Disappointingly, few other media companies made the list. Among broadcasters only Channel 4 and Sky made the Top 100. The BBC didn’t feature at all.

Strong showing from banking sector

The banking sector fared better than media and marketing overall.

Citi Pride: US banking group came in at number 7 on the list. Photo © Mark Johnson

Citi, Credit Suisse, Bank of America, Barclays and even the Financial Conduct Authority were all in the Top 100.

Other big brand names included GSK, vodafone, Sainsbury, Pearson, Aviva, Linklaters and Moody’s.

More employers than ever are taking LGBT inclusion seriously

LGBT people of all ages can face discrimination and abuse when both looking for work and once they are in the workplace.

Research by Stonewall demonstrates why it’s important increasing numbers of employers are creating inclusive workplaces. More than a third of LGBT people (35%) looking for work are worried about being discriminated against or harassed because of who they are.

Meanwhile, one in five LGBT staff (18%) have been the target of negative comments from colleagues.

This year, more companies than ever showed their commitment to LGBT inclusion with 503 companies hoping for a coveted spot on the 2020 Top 100 list.

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Executive Director, said: ‘We spend most of our lives at work, so getting workplace inclusion right makes a huge difference in the lives of so many LGBT people.

“Every year, our list of the Top 100 employers show us who’s leading the way when it comes to creating a work environment where LGBT people can thrive and be themselves in the UK.

“Newcastle City Council is paving the way for others to follow when it comes to putting LGBT inclusion and equality at the heart of their workplace.

“When staff feel comfortable, happy and understood, they will perform much better than if they’re having to hide who they are, or if they’re scared to go to work for fear of abuse.

‘Whether you’re a global corporation or a local business, you have the power to protect and support LGBT people with accepting workplace environments where staff can bring their full selves to work.