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 and trans (LGBT) employees and potential employees. This will include finding out more about LGBT 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 they serve.
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 LGBT employees. It allows us to assess and benchmark our work on LGBT equality against over 400 private and public sector organisations, and includes the opportunity for LGBT and heterosexual employees to tell Stonewall anonymously what they think about working for the Borough of Poole.
This is the sixth year we have taken part and are in the top 50% - currently ranked 197 out of 415 organisations who took part.
Renewing our commitment
We have renewed our commitment to the Stonewall Diversity Programme for 2016/17.