Spy agency MI5 is ranked top LGBT employer in the UK

The UK’s intelligence and national security agency, MI5, has been named employer of the year by Britain’s LGBT advocacy group, Stonewall.

Stonewall has been compiling its annual Workplace Equality Index for the past 12 years. It says that over 400 organizations took part in this year’s Index.

This year’s top ten is dominated by legal and housing organizations, while the rest of the top 100 has a particularly large number of local government, education and healthcare agencies.

To participate, organizations had to submit a detailed questionnaire that assessed their LGBT-friendly policies and procedures, checking on whether they had LGBT network groups and offered career development that fully fostered diversity and inclusion.

Stonewall also surveyed over 60,000 staff anonymously across the organizations who entered.

MI5 came seventh on the index in 2015 but rose to top position this year. Andrew Parker, Director-General, MI5 said in a statement: ‘Diversity is vital for MI5, not just because it’s right that we represent the communities we serve, but because we rely on the skills of the most talented people whoever they are, and wherever they may be.

‘This accolade from Stonewall is a great acknowledgment of the continued progress we have made over recent years in ensuring we draw on the widest possible pool of talent in our vital work.’

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: ‘MI5 have made fantastic strides in creating an inclusive workplace, and have now appeared on the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list since 2012. This is an amazing achievement and demonstrates just how seriously diversity and inclusion is taken.’

The full 2016 Workplace Equality Index top ten is as follows:

  1. MI5
  2. Lloyds Banking Group
  3. National Assembly of Wales
  4. B3Living
  5. Pinsent Masons
  6. Tower Hamlets Homes
  7. Leicestershire County Council
  8. Metropolitan
  9. Clifford Chance
  10. Royal Navy

Also highlighted for particular recognition was Lloyds Banking Group’s Group Director Karin Cook (‘Senior Champion of the Year’), Justine Thompson, Senior Manager for Diversity and Inclusion at Baker & McKenzie (‘Ally of the Year’), and St Mungo’s, the homeless charity (‘LGBT Employee Network Group of the Year’).

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