Council achieves spot in top 100 for equality index

Published Wednesday, 31st January 2018

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Southend-on-Sea Borough Council has been awarded a place in the prestigious Stonewall Top 100 Workplace Equality Index.

The index is an annual assessment of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff. 

In total, 434 employers submitted entries across the public, private and third sectors. The Council ranked 5th among local authorities who took part in this year’s index and ranked 79th overall.

Cllr John Lamb, Leader of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council said: “We are delighted to make the Top 100 employers for Stonewall’s workplace equality index.  It shows how much we are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce and also committed to continually improving these efforts to be inclusive for every member of our workforce.

“It is important that we continue to ensure that we create the right workplace culture. This not only helps us to recruit and retain the best staff but shows that we pride ourselves on respecting the employment rights of all our staff.

“Reaching this ranking is becoming tougher every year, with more and more employers coming forward to take part in the process to promote equality and diversity.  I would therefore like to thank everyone involved for all their hard work in making this achievement a reality.”

Darren Towers, Executive Director for Stonewall, said:  “Southend-on-Sea Borough Council and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job. Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality.”