International law firm Taylor Wessing has been named as one of the UK’s best employers for LGBTQ+ in Stonewall’s annual Top 100 Employers index.
Taylor Wessing placed 51 in this year’s equality index, rising significantly in the rankings in comparison to previous years and making the Top 100 Employers list for the first time.
The Stonewall Top 100 Employers index is the result of one of the largest employer surveys in Britain, which this year attracted 92,000 employee responses across 434 employers.
The firm has worked extensively to support its employees over the past year, including through the introduction of a Transitioning at Work Policy and through continued, strong support to ‘equaliTW’, the firm’s forum for peer support and networking between LGBTQ+ employees and their allies.
The firm is also continuing its work in promoting the rights of LGBTQ+ in the wider community through its support of Opening Doors London (a charity supporting older LGBT+ Londoners), Freehold (a forum for LGBT+ people in the property sector) and the London Gay Men’s Chorus, to name a few.
Responding to the firm’s ranking, Managing Partner Tim Eyles said:
“Making the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list this year is a milestone for Taylor Wessing, particularly given the significant jump and increasing by 51 places. As a firm, we work constantly to create a culture that encourages talent to flourish, which includes making this an inclusive, welcoming environment for LGBTQ+ people. It is encouraging to see this work paying dividends, as shown by the significant improvement in our performance in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index over the past year.”
Darren Towers, Executive Director, Stonewall said:
“Taylor Wessing 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. This year, for the first time, the Index looked at what employers were doing for trans equality in the workplace. This work is crucial. We recently published LGBT in Britain: Trans Report, which revealed the profound inequality facing trans people in Britain today. Half of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination. This must change and it’s encouraging to see so many organisations make a commitment to trans equality. With their support and hard work we can create a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”