Social landlord named top gay employer for third year running
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Housing
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Social landlord Genesis Housing Association has been named one of the UK's top employers for gay, lesbian and bisexual people for the third year running.
Campaign group Stonewall's annual survey, the Workplace Equality Index, which has been running since 2005, helps employers to monitor how they tackle discrimination within the workplace and benchmark their equality and diversity practices against other organisations.
Genesis’s head of diversity and inclusion, Kulbir Shergill, said: “This is fantastic news for Genesis and cements our credentials as one of the nation’s most inclusive employers. We’re working hard to embed a culture throughout our organisation where colleagues feel they are valued and respected regardless of what their differences may be and this shows that we’re getting it right when it comes to the needs of our LGBT colleagues.
“It’s important to benchmark ourselves against our peers to see how well we are performing compared to other organisations - and you’d be hard pushed to find a better external endorsement than the Stonewall Top 100 Employers Index.”
Miles Lanham, area manager for Genesis and co-chair of the LGBT staff group G-Force, added: “We have core values and behaviours that we work to here at Genesis, one of which is ‘respect’ towards our colleagues and our customers. Our improved overall score in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index is an example of how that value is being lived by more and more of our colleagues across the organisation.
"Genesis is now firmly established as a great place for LGBT people to work and we have a great programme of events to support staff across the organisation over the coming year.”
The accolade follows two recent top ten public sector organisation endorsements for Genesis at the Opportunity Now and Race for Opportunity last November. Genesis is also a current Times Top 50 Employer for Women.