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 almost 400 private and public sector organisations, and includes the opportunity for LGB and straight employees to tell Stonewall anonymously what they think about working for the Borough.
This is the fifth year we have taken part and we have moved up 36 places from last year putting us in the top 50% - we are now ranked 182 out of 397 organisations who took part.
Renewing our commitment
We have renewed our commitment to the Stonewall Diversity Programme for 2015/16