The British Army was placed 32nd in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ’16 Top 100 LGBT inclusive employers. This sees the Army climb again from 46th in 2015, 79th in 2014, 167th in 2013 and 185th in 2012, demonstrating steady, positive, progress.
Commander Field Army, Lieutenant General Sir James Everard, said: “I am delighted that the Army has once more demonstrated the progress it has made as an inclusive employer by achieving its highest-ever ranking within the Stonewall Top 100 Employers.”
“I know that much of the credit for this must go to our LGBT Network who works tirelessly to represent the Army’s LGBT community and constantly challenge the policy makers and chain of command to do better.”
Warrant Officer Karen Styles, Army LGBT Forum Chair, said: “As the Chair of the Army LGBT Forum I am extremely pleased with placing as a Stonewall Top 100 Employer for the 3rd consecutive year. This has shown that through the dedication of the whole forum team we have continued to educate and mentor formations and individuals within the Chain of Command on the importance of having a truly diverse workplace.”
The Top 100 Employers list, created by lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall, is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.
This year saw over 400 organisations take part in the Index, the highest number in its 12 year history. Each participant must demonstrate their expertise in 10 distinct areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, career development, training and community engagement.
More than 60,000 staff from across these organisations also took part in an anonymous survey about their employers’ attitudes towards workplace culture, diversity and inclusion, making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain.
Whilst placing in the Top 100 is clearly a sign that the Army is headed in the right direction, and in some cases leading many more traditionally diverse organisations, they is still work to do. The most important part of the WEI is the detailed feedback on how the Army was marked that will be given to Army HQ later this month, following which, and in consultation with the Army LGBT Forum, an action plan will be developed and presented to Commander Field Army, in order to ensure that we continue to improve the lived experience of LGBT personnel in line with the Army Leadership Code.