22 Jan 2019
City of Glasgow College has been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by LGBT charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019.
One of five Scottish employers to feature in the top 100, from a total of 445, the college was placed 81st with Skills Development Scotland, the Golden Jubilee Foundation, the Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service and the Scottish Government ranked at 18, 37, 51 and 72 respectively.
Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive of City of Glasgow College, said:
“Equality, diversity and inclusiveness are at the heart of all that we do, so to be one of only five Scottish employers to feature in this year’s list is an outstanding achievement for our college and for those who work and study here.
“City of Glasgow College serves a diverse community and our whole learning environment together with students and staff, policies and practices rightly reflects that multiplicity.”
Darren Towers, Executive Director for Stonewall, said:
“City of Glasgow College and all those who made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK.
“More than a third of LGBT staff still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination. However, with organisations like City of Glasgow College displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”
City of Glasgow College features strongly in Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index (WEI), a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans) equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.
As part of the Top 100, Stonewall collects more than 92,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity. Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they’ve engaged with LGBT communities.