The United Kingdom’s independent lobby group Stonewall has released a list of the 100 best gay friendly companies in the country — and nearly 25-percent of them are banks and government departments, reports Ross von Metzke.
The top named employer in the group’s first Corporate Equality Index is the British Council.

Citigroup, Credit Suisse First Boston, IBM and the Manchester City Council all tied in second place.

Each company was ranked based on various criteria including equality policies, openly gay staff, if the company placed recruitment advertisements in the gay press and benefits available to same-sex partnerships.

“For the first time, the Corporate Equality Index will give 1.7 million gay people in the UK workforce the chance to choose a gay friendly employer,” says Stonewall’s chief executive Ben Summerskill.

“Gay staff still face a pink plateau in many British workplaces,” he added.

Sir David Green, director-general of the British Council - named top employer for 2005 - said they were “thrilled.”

“This recognizes the work the British Council has undertaken to promote equality and diversity...both in the UK and around the world,” he told BBC News.

The study follows research in Wales that found one in four lesbian, gay or bisexual workers had been forced to leave a job due to discrimination.

Strathclyde’s fire brigade and police are the top rated emergency services, joined by the Metropolitan Police, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Sussex Ambulance Service.

Six employers in the list, including two local authorities, requested their names be omitted.

THE STONEWALL TOP EMPLOYERS 2005

1 British Council 89.00%
2 Citigroup 88.00%
2 Credit Suisse First Boston 88.00%
2 IBM 88.00%
2 Manchester City Council 88.00%
6 Department for Constitutional Affairs 87.00%
7 Department for Education and Skills 86.00%
7 Goldman Sachs 86.00%
7 Inland Revenue 86.00%
7 Nottingham Primary Care Trusts 86.00%
11 Accenture 84.00%
11 JP Morgan 84.00%
13 HBOS 83.00%
14 American Airlines 82.00%
14 Department for Transport 82.00%
14 Foreign and Commonwealth Office 82.00%
17 Barclays 81.00%
17 PricewaterhouseCoopers 81.00%
19 ING 80.00%
20 Barnardo’s 79.00%
20 BT 79.00%
20 London Borough of Croydon 79.00%
23 Cambridge City Council 78.00%
24 Deutsche Bank 77.00%
24 HSBC 77.00%
24 NACRO 77.00%
27 Department of Trade and Industry 76.00%
27 Nationwide 76.00%
27 Strathclyde Fire Brigade 76.00%
27 Strathclyde Police 76.00%
31 Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust 75.00%
31 HM Treasury 75.00%
31 Merrill Lynch Europe 75.00%
31 Transport for London 75.00%
35 Brighton & Hove City Council 74.00%
35 Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs 74.00%
35 Home Office 74.00%
38 Devon County Council 73.00%
38 Sheffield City Council 73.00%
40 Her Majesty's Customs and Excise 72.00%
40 Lehman Brothers 72.00%
40 Nottinghamshire County Council 72.00%
43 B&Q 71.00%
43 Newcastle City Council 71.00%
45 Corporation of London 70.00%
45 Department of Health 70.00%
45 Marks & Spencer 70.00%
45 Office of the Deputy Prime Minister 70.00%
49 Ernst & Young 69.00%
49 Metropolitan Police 69.00%
51 Department for Work and Pensions 67.00%
52 Royal Mail 66.00%
53 East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust 65.00%
53 Shell Companies in the UK 65.00%
53 Walsall Metropolitan Borough Council 65.00%
56 Local authority 64.00%
56 Tesco 64.00%
58 Somerset County Council 63.00%
59 Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council 62.00%
59 Financial Services Company 62.00%
59 London Borough of Brent 62.00%
59 Ministry of Defence 62.00%
59 Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council 62.00%
59 Pfizer 62.00%
59 Staffordshire County Council 62.00%
66 Retail Bank 61.00%
67 Homerton University Hospital NHS Trust 60.00%
67 Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service 60.00%
69 Hertfordshire County Council 57.00%
69 Leeds City Council 57.00%
71 Aviva 55.00%
71 British Library 55.00%
71 Co-operative Group 55.00%
71 GeoPost UK Ltd/Parceline 55.00%
71 Health Care Provider 55.00%
71 Rank Group Gaming Division 55.00%
71 Retailer 55.00%
71 Rolls Royce 55.00%
71 Saint Gobain Building Distribution 55.00%
71 UnumProvident 55.00%
81 Driving Standards Agency 54.00%
82 Britannia Building Society 52.00%
83 Leonard Cheshire 50.00%
83 Local authority 50.00%
83 Serco Metrolink 50.00%
83 Warwickshire County Council 50.00%
83 Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council 50.00%
88 Boots 45.00%
88 British Airways 45.00%
88 Lothian Health Board 45.00%
88 Poole Hospital NHS Trust 45.00%
88 Pret A Manger 45.00%
88 Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust 45.00%
88 Unilever 45.00%
95 CityWest Homes 44.00%
96 Bury Metropolitan Borough Council 42.00%
97 Croydon Primary Care Trust 40.00%
97 John Lewis Partnership 40.00%
97 Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust 40.00%
97 Sussex Ambulance Service NHS Trust 40.00%

 

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