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The definitive benchmarking tool for employers to measure their progress on lesbian, gay, bi and trans inclusion in the workplace.

UK Workplace Equality Index

Assess your organisation's achievements and progress on LGBT equality.

Participating employers demonstrate their work in eight areas of employment policy and practice. Staff from across the organisation complete an anonymous survey about their experiences of diversity and inclusion at work.

Organisations receive their scores, enabling them to understand what’s going well and where they need to focus their efforts. Organisation see how they’ve performed in comparison with their sector and region.

The 100 best-performing organisations are celebrated publicly, alongside our gold, silver and bronze awards, which employers can choose whether or not to publicly celebrate.

Stonewall Diversity Champions benefit from in-depth, tailored feedback on their submission. 

Top 100 Employers 2022

Explore top employers, award winners and more

2023 submissions

Submissions to the 2023 Workplace Equality Index are now open on Stonewall SubmitGet in touch to find out how we can support you to prepare for your next submission.

Key dates:

  • 15 June 2022 – submissions open

  • 25 July 2022 – Staff Feedback Questionnaire opens

  • 29 September 2022 6pm BST – submissions close

  • 25 November 2022 - Staff Feedback Questionnaire closes

  • February 2023 – Top 100 awards are announced

  • February to May 2023 – feedback meetings take place

Note: where questions in the Workplace Equality Index ask for evidence from a specific time period, such as ‘in the last year’, this is typically counted back from the submission deadline. Due to changes to the submission deadline, we will be adjusting the time windows to account for both the former submission deadline and the revised submission deadline, so that no entrants are disadvantaged. The revised time periods for evidence within submissions are:

  • ‘In the last year’ – 20 September 2021 to 29 September 2022

  • ‘In the last two years’ – 20 September 2020 to 29 September 2022

  • ‘In the last three years’ – 20 September 2019 to 29 September 2022

What participants say

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Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service

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The Workplace Equality Index provides us with confidence that our approach is delivering success for our staff and communities.
Melanie Hockenhull, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Officer

Why participate?

Assess your work

The Index will assess your work by asking a series of questions about things you might have done. We split the questions across different sections – employee policy, the employee lifecycle, staff network groups, allies and role models, senior leadership, monitoring, procurement, and customers, service users and clients.

We've developed our questions based on years of experience working with employers. Regardless of where you are on your inclusion journey, the Index can help guide your progress.

Understand your employees' experiences

Understanding the lived experiences of your employees is crucial to inclusion. They should directly inform the change being made at your workplace.

The Index will give you insight into staff experiences through an anonymous survey. All you need to do is promote the survey to your employees and leave the rest to us.

Diversity Champions will receive a survey summary, showing employee opinions, attitudes and experiences. You’ll also be able to compare your organisation’s data to sector and regional averages.

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.

We celebrate Stonewall's Top 100 Employers from the highest scoring Workplace Equality Index submissions. If you achieve a coveted Top 100 spot, you’ll be able to use the Top 100 Employers logo to promote your achievement.

Build an action plan

Employers benefit the most from the Index when they use it as a developmental framework. 

One feature of the Diversity Champion programme is feedback on your Index submission. Once we've reviewed your work, we'll give you in-depth written and verbal feedback. We'll also provide you with best practice examples and ways we can support you further.

Knowing what you're doing well and where you can improve will help you develop a robust action plan.

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