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Top Global Employers 2020

TOP GLOBAL EMPLOYERS 2020

Stonewall’s list of the best multinational employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) staff.

The list is compiled from submissions to Stonewall’s Global Workplace Equality Index: a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces across the markets in which they operate.

Foreword from Stonewall's CEO

This has been a turbulent year for LGBT rights – we’ve seen some fantastic progress and some devastating rollbacks. There’s been good news: the US Supreme Court made a landmark federal ruling that banned employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, which offered workplace protection to LGBT people for the first time. Then, the bad: LGBT people in parts of Eastern Europe reported an increase in anti-LGBT violence following vitriolic election campaigns that vowed to reinforce anti-LGBT narratives and legislation. 

While inclusive work environments make a vital difference to the lives of LGBT people worldwide, recently it’s been made clearer than ever that the power of employers extends well beyond the workplace. Employers can also engage in timely, pertinent advocacy across their geographic footprint. We’ve seen an increasing number of calls from civil society organisations for international businesses to speak up and use their platforms to create change. It’s been truly incredible to see this in action, and in particular to see organisations use the Global Workplace Equality Index as the foundation for tailored advocacy work. 

Each year, our Global Workplace Equality Index provides employers with the tools they need to embed LGBT inclusion in their workplaces, and to push for wider change outside it. With our annual report, we celebrate the employers who have made great strides and demonstrated exemplary dedication towards LGBT inclusion in their contexts. Those featured in this year’s report have broken new ground, using pioneering policies and strategies to effect change for their employees and wider society. These organisations have championed LGBT equality on both a local and global level, and we are delighted to highlight them so that others can take inspiration from their accomplishments. 

But while we’ve seen lots of amazing achievements over the past year, we know that the job isn’t done yet. Until all LGBT people are accepted without exception, employers must continue to push for equality. It’s vital that multinational organisations take note of the hugely varied circumstances of LGBT people worldwide, and that they recognise how these circumstances can change – while we love to see LGBT rights progressing, it is a sad fact that existing LGBT rights are under threat in certain countries and may in fact be rolled back. It’s also crucial to understand that different groups within the LGBT community face different challenges, and to be attentive to these nuances. Inclusion should be a fact of life for every part of the LGBT community, and until it is, we have to stay engaged and do all we can to secure concrete change for LGBT people globally. 

It goes without saying that COVID-19 has had a sizeable impact on this year’s Global Workplace Equality Index. We know that employers were submitting their entries to us early this year, and that since that time COVID-19 has had an unprecedented effect on business. From resource shortages to unpredictable economic marketplaces, it’s undeniable that this is an extremely challenging time for employers. That said, it’s essential that LGBT rights stay on the agenda. Minority communities, including LGBT communities, have been hit disproportionately hard by this crisis – in their homes, workplaces, and in terms of their health. I want to call on businesses to keep sight of their goals for equality, and to maintain the fantastic amount of momentum that has already been gathered in the push for LGBT equality across the world.

I’d like to end by congratulating our 2020 Top Global Employers and all those who entered the Global Workplace Equality Index in a notoriously difficult year. I truly believe that this work changes lives. When we work together, we get ever closer to achieving our goal of acceptance without exception for all LGBT employees, wherever they are in the world.

Nancy Kelley, Stonewall Chief Executive

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THE LIST

Organisations that have earned a place as one of our Top Global Employers 2020 are listed below in alphabetical order.

Accenture

Congratulations to Accenture from everyone at Stonewall.

Allen & Overy

'We’re incredibly proud to be included as a Top Global Employer for a third year running as it represents our ongoing commitment to LGBT equality by our people across our international network. Progress on diversity and inclusion for our business is always cause for celebration but our work continues.' Wim Dejonghe, Senior Partner

Baker McKenzie

'Receiving this recognition once again is fantastic and is a true reflection of the passion and commitment from our people. We are proud to be known as an LGBT+ inclusive workplace and believe that we should celebrate the differences that unite us.' Constanze Ulmer-Eilfort, Global D&I Chair

Bp

'This is an achievement that we’re hugely proud of. It signals to our people that we are committed to building a culture of belonging. Creating a safe space to ask questions, allowing everyone to get educated and working with people outside the company to determine best practice have all been key. But there is no room for complacency - the wider societal issues we are seeing right now remind us we must continue to move relentlessly forward on inclusion.' Bernard Looney, CEO

Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

'We are delighted that BCLP has been recognised as a Stonewall Top Global Employer. This is testament to the engagement, enthusiasm and commitment of our LGBTQ* employees and our numerous allies across the globe. Being one of only a handful of organisations with such global recognition is a true honour.' Daisy Reeves, Partner and Global LGBTQ* Co-Chair

Dentons

'We want our firm – as the world’s largest – to truly represent the rich diversity of the 188 communities we serve around the world. This requires encouraging everyone, including our LGBT+ colleagues, to be their authentic selves. Inclusion and Diversity are not ancillary values at Dentons, but core to our business strategy to better serve our clients.' CEO, Elliott Portnoy

Fidelity International

'We are immensely proud to be recognised as a Stonewall Top Global Employer. This signals Fidelity International’s ongoing commitment to delivering a safe and inclusive workplace and client experience for everyone. Fidelity has diversity and inclusion at its heart, so this is a significant milestone in our inclusion journey and the results of tremendous leadership and teamwork.' Julien Haye, Head of Non-Financial Risk, Global LGBT+ Lead

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

'LGBT+ inclusion sits firmly at the heart of Freshfields’ global D&I strategy, and being recognized by Stonewall for the work that our people do every day is an achievement of which we are proud. We will continue to prioritise creating a supportive working environment for all who work at the firm.' Edward Braham, Senior Partner

GSK

Congratulations to GSK from everyone at Stonewall.

Herbert Smith Freehills

'We take great pride that our determination to be a global leader for greater LGBT+ inclusion has been acknowledged year on year. It is an intrinsic part of our commitment to build a culture where people thrive being themselves and where they are respected for who they are. I am proud of the steps we have taken so far to create an inclusive workplace, but we remain steadfast in building a workplace environment that the best talent wants to be a part of.' Justin D’Agostino, CEO

Hogan Lovells

'The recognition of our firm in Stonewall’s Top Global Employers List demonstrates our continued commitment to embedding an inclusive culture for our people and our clients. It is a global strategic priority for the firm that we aim to be truly representative of all individuals.' Susan Bright, Global Managing Partner for Diversity & Inclusion, and Responsible Business

HSBC

'It’s an honour for HSBC to be recognised again this year. While we know there is still much more work to do, we're proud of our efforts to create a bank where there are equal opportunities for everyone, however people identify themselves.' Charlie Nunn, CEO, Wealth and Personal Banking

NatWest

'I am delighted that we have once again been recognised as a Stonewall Top Global Employer; testament to the work we have undertaken in certain more challenging jurisdictions and being passionate about championing an inclusive culture, ensuring that our LGBT colleagues are able to bring the best of themselves to work every day.' Nicholas Crapp, Chief Audit Executive

Pinsent Masons

'It’s critical that all of our people feel confident that they can bring their whole selves to work. Being part of the Index and working with Stonewall sends a powerful message to our people and our clients of our commitment to championing change and promoting inclusion across our business.' Richard Foley, Senior Partner

Simmons & Simmons

'I am delighted that Simmons & Simmons has been recognised as a Stonewall Top Global Employer for the fifth consecutive year. Our LGBT+ network has continued to thrive over this last year and it has been wonderful to see increased membership and involvement across our global offices.' Anna Burns, Managing Associate, Hong Kong, co-chair of our International LGBT+ Network

Vodafone

'I am incredibly proud that Vodafone has been recognised as a Stonewall Top Global Employer. Inclusion for All is core to who we are at Vodafone and we remain committed to an inclusive and equal workplace for our LGBT colleagues where they can be themselves.' Nick Read, CEO

Zurich Insurance Group

'At Zurich, we firmly believe it’s our responsibility to create an inclusive, respectful and safe space for all our colleagues, irrespective of their sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We are proud to be recognized by Stonewall for our continued efforts for the second time in three years.' Urban Angehrn, Group Chief Investment Officer and Pride@Zurich Executive Sponsor

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Download the Top Global Employers 2020 report.

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AWARD WINNERS

A number of our Top Global Employers have also been recognised with awards due to their leadership in particular areas of global LGBT inclusion. Explore this year’s award winners and their work below.