Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

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Emma Turnbull

Managing Consultant, Boost Awards

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Diversity is about recognising difference. Inclusion is where people’s differences are valued and used to enable everyone to thrive at work. Both are essential in the modern workplace. Diversity and inclusion cover every aspect of life from age to ethnicity, religion to gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Stonewall’s aim from the outset was to create a group that would campaign and lobby for the equality and rights of all LGBT+ individuals both in work and in daily life.

Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people and allies bring value to organisations by providing a different set of experiences and perspectives.

The reasons for building a diverse and inclusive organisation go far beyond the idea that welcoming people of all types is “the right thing to do.” Diversity and inclusion are essential for competitive advantage as they are tied to better business performance and greater levels of innovation.

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Indices – What you need to know

The Stonewall UK and Global Workplace Equality Indices are the definitive benchmarks for employers to measure their LGBT+ workplace inclusion achievements and progress. 

Participating employers demonstrate their work across all areas of employment policy and practice. The entries are beasts with the potential to be over 35,000 words, plus a plethora of supporting material to show your policies, inclusion activity and more.

In terms of entry form, it consists of ten sections for the Stonewall UK Index and nine for the Global Workplace Equality Index, each of which contain numerous open and closed questions examining your business.

The UK Stonewall Index opens in June and closes in September, while The Stonewall Global Index opens in November and closes early March.

Things to bear in mind….

  • Start early – the earlier you are thinking about collecting examples and supporting evidence, the better – ideally on an ongoing basis annually.
  • Get the business on board – you will need input and support in terms of time and information from all areas of the business to complete.
  • Don’t underestimate the time it takes to complete the form – it may seem like the time from applications opening to the deadline is plenty, but as I said, if you can provide responses to the majority of questions, it can be over 35,000 words – that’s more than most dissertations!
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“Participating employers demonstrate their work across all areas of employment policy and practice. The entries are beasts with the potential to be over 35,000 words, plus a plethora of supporting material to show your policies, inclusion activity and more.”

 

  • There is help available! My colleagues and I at Boost Awards are highly experienced when it comes to these applications, having both advised on and completed successful applications for major multinational companies. We can take away the stress and strain of the somewhat formidable process involved, while increasing your chances. Contact me today to discuss further. 

How to enter the UK Workplace Equality Index

An anonymous survey is sent to all staff to complete and the results of these questions will make up 10% of your final score. The questions ask employees about their experiences, opinions and attitudes to inclusion in your workplace – examining both LGBT and non-LGBT responses.

For the UK written entry form, the sections are:

  • Policies & Benefits
    • This section examines the policies and benefits you have in place to support LGBT+ staff. These questions inspect the policy audit process, content and communications.
  • Employee Lifecycle
    • Examining attraction, recruitment and development within your business. Looking at your engagement and support systems through the employee lifecycle.
  • LGBT+ Employee Resource Group
    • The function and activity of your LGBT+ network within your business.
  • Allies & Role Models
    • Inspecting how you engage allies and promote LGBT+ role models within the business alongside the individual activities they undertake.
  • Senior Leadership
    • How do you engage your senior leaders (both at Board and Senior Management levels) plus how they themselves engage with LGBT+ initiatives and actions.
  • Monitoring
    • Understanding your data collection methodology, analysis and outcomes taken.
  • Procurement
    • Examines how you affect change within your supply chain to ensure LGBT+ inclusion within suppliers.
  • Community Engagement
    • Detailing projects and outreach methods that demonstrate the business’ commitment to LGBT+ inclusion in the wider community and the impact it has had.
  • Clients, Customers and Service Users
    • The questions in this section will vary depending on the business you are in whether you are;
      • Public or third sector with service users
      • Public or third sector non-service provision
      • Private sector with customers or,
      • Private sector with clients
    • Finally, Anything else. A section where you can cover off any additional work that you have not covered off elsewhere in the application form.

How to enter the Global Workplace Equality Index

Organisations that operate in different countries globally are faced with varying challenges in each. This uneven playing field makes direct comparisons difficult, so to counter this the global entry assesses how you approach sexual orientation and gender identity equality from a global level and also within operating countries. To do this, countries are grouped into three zones based on whether sexual acts between people of the same sex are legal and whether there exist clear national employment protections for lesbian, gay and bi people. There are questions specifically relating to each zone in eight of the nine sections. In country activity must not include activity in the UK.

For the global form, the sections are as follows:

  • Employee Policy
    • Examining the policies in place that guarantee the equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees.
  • Training
    • Scutinises your sexual orientation and gender identity training materials and practices. This section does not ask for zonal examples.
  • Staff Engagement
    • This section looks at how you engage with all staff to raise awareness on LGBT+ issues, the networking opportunities and if you consult and gather feedback
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LGBT people face discrimination in every country, and same-sex relationships are criminalised in more than 70. This poses serious legal, ethical and practical challenges to global employers. The Global Equality Index  is free to enter and is open to any multinational organisation, enabling them to navigate these challenges and make progress towards LGBT equality, no matter where in the world they operate.”

  • Leadership
    • What does your leadership do to advance LGBT+ equality across your global operation and also how it promotes and establishes diversity within the leadership teams themselves.
  • Monitoring
    • Where and how do you monitor sexual orientation and gender identity of all global staff and the forms used to collect and analyse it.
  • Procurement
    • Looking at how you engage and promote LGBT+ with existing and potential suppliers on a global scale.
  • Community Engagement and Understanding Local Context
    • Here we are looking at how you engage with the wider LGBT+ community, your external facing strategy and steps taken to understand the local context for LGBT+ people.
  • Global Mobility
    • What steps do you take to support LGBT+ employees before and during international secondments and role moves.
  • Additional In Country Activity
    • A place to capture the over and above activity within the zones that may not have been mentioned previously within the form.

Additional Awards

Both the UK and Global Stonewall Workplace Equality Indices applications also allow companies to apply for additional awards including the likes of Employee Network of the Year, Role Model of the Year or Community Engagement awards.

What’s in it for you?

Assess your progress

Assess what you are doing in terms of LGBT+ inclusion in your workplace. Regardless of where you are on your inclusion journey, the Index process and feedback can help guide your progress.

Understand employees

Understanding your employees and their experiences is crucial. They should directly inform the changes. The Index provides insight into staff experiences through the survey. If you are one of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions then you will receive full results benchmarked against sector and region.

Show your commitment

Entering the Index is a fantastic way to show your commitment to LGBT+ equality. It demonstrates that making your workplace, services and products LGBT+ inclusive is a priority.

Promote your progress

If you achieve a coveted Top 100 spot, you’ll be able to use the Top 100 Employers logo to promote your achievement.

Look to the future

Through the feedback you receive and potential gaps within your submission, you can use it as a developmental framework.

 

Next steps?

I hope you have found this article helpful as an introduction to the application requirements for either of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Indices.If you would like to maximise your chances of achieving a top 100 position or moving up the league, while minimising the disruption to your workload and workplace, then I recommend you get in touch with us here at Boost. One of our team of experts (mostly full-time payrolled award entry consultants) will be able to help. We’ve been helping businesses enter The Stonewall Index for many years, and we are more experienced than any other agency in the world when it comes to these awards. You can email me directly using emma.turnbull@boost-awards.co.uk  

I look forward to hearing from you.

Emma

Useful links:

The Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index

The Stonewall Global Workplace Equality Index

  

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,300 credible business awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Emma Turnbull and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards

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Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

thomas paton

Emma Turnbull

Managing Consultant, Boost Awards

Stonewall Index

Diversity is about recognising difference. Inclusion is where people’s differences are valued and used to enable everyone to thrive at work. Both are essential in the modern workplace. Diversity and inclusion cover every aspect of life from age to ethnicity, religion to gender, gender identity and sexual orientation.

Stonewall’s aim from the outset was to create a group that would campaign and lobby for the equality and rights of all LGBT+ individuals both in work and in daily life.

Lesbian, gay, bi and trans people and allies bring value to organisations by providing a different set of experiences and perspectives.

The reasons for building a diverse and inclusive organisation go far beyond the idea that welcoming people of all types is “the right thing to do.” Diversity and inclusion are essential for competitive advantage as they are tied to better business performance and greater levels of innovation.

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Indices – What you need to know

The Stonewall UK and Global Workplace Equality Indices are the definitive benchmarks for employers to measure their LGBT+ workplace inclusion achievements and progress. 

Participating employers demonstrate their work across all areas of employment policy and practice. The entries are beasts with the potential to be over 35,000 words, plus a plethora of supporting material to show your policies, inclusion activity and more.

In terms of entry form, it consists of ten sections for the Stonewall UK Index and nine for the Global Workplace Equality Index, each of which contain numerous open and closed questions examining your business.

The UK Stonewall Index opens in June and closes in September, while The Stonewall Global Index opens in November and closes early March.

Things to bear in mind….

  • Start early – the earlier you are thinking about collecting examples and supporting evidence, the better – ideally on an ongoing basis annually.
  • Get the business on board – you will need input and support in terms of time and information from all areas of the business to complete.
  • Don’t underestimate the time it takes to complete the form – it may seem like the time from applications opening to the deadline is plenty, but as I said, if you can provide responses to the majority of questions, it can be over 35,000 words – that’s more than most dissertations!
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“Participating employers demonstrate their work across all areas of employment policy and practice. The entries are beasts with the potential to be over 35,000 words, plus a plethora of supporting material to show your policies, inclusion activity and more.”

 

  • There is help available! My colleagues and I at Boost Awards are highly experienced when it comes to these applications, having both advised on and completed successful applications for major multinational companies. We can take away the stress and strain of the somewhat formidable process involved, while increasing your chances. Contact me today to discuss further. 

How to enter the UK Workplace Equality Index

An anonymous survey is sent to all staff to complete and the results of these questions will make up 10% of your final score. The questions ask employees about their experiences, opinions and attitudes to inclusion in your workplace – examining both LGBT and non-LGBT responses.

For the UK written entry form, the sections are:

  • Policies & Benefits
    • This section examines the policies and benefits you have in place to support LGBT+ staff. These questions inspect the policy audit process, content and communications.
  • Employee Lifecycle
    • Examining attraction, recruitment and development within your business. Looking at your engagement and support systems through the employee lifecycle.
  • LGBT+ Employee Resource Group
    • The function and activity of your LGBT+ network within your business.
  • Allies & Role Models
    • Inspecting how you engage allies and promote LGBT+ role models within the business alongside the individual activities they undertake.
  • Senior Leadership
    • How do you engage your senior leaders (both at Board and Senior Management levels) plus how they themselves engage with LGBT+ initiatives and actions.
  • Monitoring
    • Understanding your data collection methodology, analysis and outcomes taken.
  • Procurement
    • Examines how you affect change within your supply chain to ensure LGBT+ inclusion within suppliers.
  • Community Engagement
    • Detailing projects and outreach methods that demonstrate the business’ commitment to LGBT+ inclusion in the wider community and the impact it has had.
  • Clients, Customers and Service Users
    • The questions in this section will vary depending on the business you are in whether you are;
      • Public or third sector with service users
      • Public or third sector non-service provision
      • Private sector with customers or,
      • Private sector with clients
    • Finally, Anything else. A section where you can cover off any additional work that you have not covered off elsewhere in the application form.

How to enter the Global Workplace Equality Index

Organisations that operate in different countries globally are faced with varying challenges in each. This uneven playing field makes direct comparisons difficult, so to counter this the global entry assesses how you approach sexual orientation and gender identity equality from a global level and also within operating countries. To do this, countries are grouped into three zones based on whether sexual acts between people of the same sex are legal and whether there exist clear national employment protections for lesbian, gay and bi people. There are questions specifically relating to each zone in eight of the nine sections. In country activity must not include activity in the UK.

For the global form, the sections are as follows:

  • Employee Policy
    • Examining the policies in place that guarantee the equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees.
  • Training
    • Scutinises your sexual orientation and gender identity training materials and practices. This section does not ask for zonal examples.
  • Staff Engagement
    • This section looks at how you engage with all staff to raise awareness on LGBT+ issues, the networking opportunities and if you consult and gather feedback
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LGBT people face discrimination in every country, and same-sex relationships are criminalised in more than 70. This poses serious legal, ethical and practical challenges to global employers. The Global Equality Index  is free to enter and is open to any multinational organisation, enabling them to navigate these challenges and make progress towards LGBT equality, no matter where in the world they operate.”

  • Leadership
    • What does your leadership do to advance LGBT+ equality across your global operation and also how it promotes and establishes diversity within the leadership teams themselves.
  • Monitoring
    • Where and how do you monitor sexual orientation and gender identity of all global staff and the forms used to collect and analyse it.
  • Procurement
    • Looking at how you engage and promote LGBT+ with existing and potential suppliers on a global scale.
  • Community Engagement and Understanding Local Context
    • Here we are looking at how you engage with the wider LGBT+ community, your external facing strategy and steps taken to understand the local context for LGBT+ people.
  • Global Mobility
    • What steps do you take to support LGBT+ employees before and during international secondments and role moves.
  • Additional In Country Activity
    • A place to capture the over and above activity within the zones that may not have been mentioned previously within the form.

Additional Awards

Both the UK and Global Stonewall Workplace Equality Indices applications also allow companies to apply for additional awards including the likes of Employee Network of the Year, Role Model of the Year or Community Engagement awards.

What’s in it for you?

Assess your progress

Assess what you are doing in terms of LGBT+ inclusion in your workplace. Regardless of where you are on your inclusion journey, the Index process and feedback can help guide your progress.

Understand employees

Understanding your employees and their experiences is crucial. They should directly inform the changes. The Index provides insight into staff experiences through the survey. If you are one of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions then you will receive full results benchmarked against sector and region.

Show your commitment

Entering the Index is a fantastic way to show your commitment to LGBT+ equality. It demonstrates that making your workplace, services and products LGBT+ inclusive is a priority.

Promote your progress

If you achieve a coveted Top 100 spot, you’ll be able to use the Top 100 Employers logo to promote your achievement.

Look to the future

Through the feedback you receive and potential gaps within your submission, you can use it as a developmental framework.

 

Next steps?

I hope you have found this article helpful as an introduction to the application requirements for either of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Indices.If you would like to maximise your chances of achieving a top 100 position or moving up the league, while minimising the disruption to your workload and workplace, then I recommend you get in touch with us here at Boost. One of our team of experts (mostly full-time payrolled award entry consultants) will be able to help. We’ve been helping businesses enter The Stonewall Index for many years, and we are more experienced than any other agency in the world when it comes to these awards. You can email me directly using emma.turnbull@boost-awards.co.uk  

I look forward to hearing from you.

Emma

Useful links:

The Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index

The Stonewall Global Workplace Equality Index

Boost – a helping hand entering awards

Boost Awards is the world’s first and largest award entry consultancy, having helped clients – from SMEs to Multinationals – win over 1,300 credible business awards. Increase your chances of success significantly – call Boost on +44(0)1273 258703 today for a no-obligation chat about awards.

(C) This article was written by Emma Turnbull and is the intellectual property of award entry consultants Boost Awards

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