The House of Lords is the highest-ranking new entry in 2020. This year, Stonewall had its largest ever number of submissions to the Index, with 503 employers entering.
The submission required detailed evidence for ten areas of policy and practice, including staff networks, senior leadership, procurement and outreach work. Thank you to everyone who contributed, particularly ParliOUT, whose work was key to the application’s success.
The Lord Speaker, Lord Fowler said:
"It is great news that the House of Lords has achieved a spot on the top 100 list on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index, especially as this is the first time we have entered the list.
I have been a longstanding champion of LGBT equality and this result demonstrates the inclusive culture and practises we are developing within the House of Lords. I hope that we build on this momentum and take further strides to become even better champions for LGBT members and colleagues in the future."
Ed Ollard, Clerk of the Parliaments, said:
"We are delighted to be the highest new entrant in the 2020 Workplace Equality Index. For our first application, our position at 64th in the Top 100 means a huge amount to so many colleagues within the House of Lords.
This success is testament to the hard work and commitment of colleagues throughout the Administration to improve the experience of our LGBT+ colleagues, members and visitors alike.
We know that when our colleagues feel welcomed, supported and valued, they are able to reach their fullest potential and enjoy their work in the House. With that in mind, we will celebrate this success by furthering our efforts to ensure our workplace continues to be a role model for LGBT+ inclusion."
The House of Lords Focus on Inclusion’ strategy acts as a guide for the Administration to continue developing its welcoming and inclusive culture. The strategy commits to a wide programme of activities, initiatives and programmes to enable all colleagues, members and visitors to feel included when they work for, visit and interact with the House of Lords Administration.
The Administration is very proud of its record as an inclusive workplace and has also been recognised as having achieved ‘Gold’ status inclusive employer in the ‘National Inclusion Standard’, achieved ‘Leadership’ status in the Government’s’ ‘Disability Confident Scheme’ and was named in the ‘Top 50 Inclusive Employers list’ 2020.