Our Stonewall Diversity Champion commitment helps us make our workplace inclusive.
Our community is made up of people from all sorts of different walks of life. As a Council we want our workforce to reflect the community we serve. That means making sure our job application process is fair. We also aim to recognise the contribution all employees make and support them to reach their potential.
We therefore make a commitment to Stonewall's Diversity Champion Programme. As part of this we will look at how we can improve our workplace practices for our lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) employees and potential employees. This will include finding out more about LGB employees' experience working for us and making sure we address the concerns they have.
Recognising diversity can help an organisation be more productive and provide better customer service. Employees will feel valued and are more likely to understand the diverse needs of the people it serves.
As part of the above commitment we enter Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index. This requires us to self assess our performance against a range of criteria about how inclusive we are, particularly for LGB employees. It allows us to assess and benchmark our work on LGB equality against over 350 private and public sector organisations, and includes the opportunity for LGB employees to tell Stonewall anonymously what they think about working for the Borough
This is the fourth year we have taken part and we scored 106 points out of a potential 200, a ranking of 218th out of 369 organisations. The points required to reach the top 100 has risen from 137 to 148. We have an action plan in place to try and help us improve our performance agains this standard.
Renewing our commitment
We have renewed our commitment to the Stonewall Diversity Programme for 2014/15 and have submitted our self assessment. We will get the results and publish them in early 2015.