International law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has today, once again, been acknowledged as one of the top 10 most LGBT* inclusive places to work in the UK in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI), an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
In just three years BLP has risen an impressive 219 places to sit 7th in 2018’s ranking of more than 400 employers from the public, private and third sectors up from 8th last year.
The firm has also been named in the inaugural Stonewall Top Trans Employer category which comprises a shortlist of 11 national organisations who have demonstrated commitment and achievements towards trans inclusion.
BLP were specifically commended for market-leading practices, such as introducing gender-neutral bathrooms, their reverse mentoring programme, and joint initiatives with competitors and clients to promote inclusion in the sector and beyond.
Darren Towers, Executive Director, Stonewall said: “BLP and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job. Taking part in our Index shows real commitment to understanding and advancing LGBT equality.”
Lisa Mayhew, Managing Partner, BLP said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that BLP has, once again, been ranked as a top ten Stonewall LGBT* inclusive employer, climbing even further up the list in 2018. We are also delighted to be listed as a top ten employer committed to trans equality.
“Our position in both lists is testament to our commitment to having a workplace where everyone is valued, motivated and able to be themselves.”
Notes to Editors:
BLP’s Inclusivity strategy, launched in 2015, has five areas of focus: Culture, Family, Gender Representation, Lesbian Gay, Bisexual & Transgender and Social Inclusion & Ethnicity. It’s important to BLP that whatever we do, we do it well and so the list was selectively chosen. We continuously look to do more, having launched BLP’s first Parents’ Network in 2016 and Disability Network in 2017. Each of the areas have a task-group and at least one Partner Champion who meet regularly to discuss relevant issues and drive progress forward with a variety of events and initiatives.