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Stonewall Announces its Top Global Employers for 2018

Today Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity, has unveiled its Top Global Employers for 2018.

Stonewall’s Top Global Employers celebrates and identifies the efforts of the leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces for LGBT people around the world.



Compiled from submissions to the Global Workplace Equality Index (GWEI), the criteria for inclusion on Stonewall’s list is based on a number of factors: employee policy, training, staff engagement, leadership, monitoring, procurement, community engagement and understanding local context, global mobility, and additional in-country activity.

In no particular order, the Top Global Employers for 2018 named by Stonewall are:

  • Accenture
  • Allen & Overy
  • Baker McKenzie
  • Barclays PLC
  • BP
  • Dentons
  • Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
  • Pinsent Masons
  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • SAP
  • Simmons & Simmons
  • Vodafone Group Plc
  • Zurich Insurance Group

At an event held this evening in London, special awards will be given to three of the Top Global Employers. Accenture will receive the Global Ally Programme Award and Global Community Engagement Award, while Baker McKenzie collects the Global LGBT Network Award. Vittorio Colao, group CEO of Vodafone Group Plc is to be recognised with the Global Senior Champion Award.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said: ‘LGBT people face discrimination, violence and isolation in every country in the world. In more than 70 countries, consensual same-sex activity remains illegal, and the death penalty exists in eight. Only six countries allow trans people to self-determine their gender.

At a time when global LGBT rights are under threat of going backwards, we’re proud to work alongside our Top Global Employers, who operate in some extremely difficult contexts, to ensure all people are protected and welcome at work, wherever they are.

Now in its seventh year, the Global Workplace Equality Index, this year’s participants collectively employ over 1.2 million people.

In addition to the Index, Stonewall also produces resources to help multi-national corporates best understand how to embed an inclusive culture for LGBT staff. This includes the Stonewall Global Workplace Briefings, which advise on creating equal workplaces around the world, and outline around the legal and socio-cultural structure that LGBT people in those countries face.

Read the full Global Workplace Equality Index report here.

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