Thurrock Council jumps up charts in promoting equality

Council jumps 135 places in Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

THE results of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index revealed that Thurrock Council moved up 135 places in the official index ranking – an increase of 31% compared to results from 2016.

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The authority now sits within the top 50% of organisations across the country who took part in the assessment.

The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index measures how an organisation addresses discrimination and promotes equality in the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Published annually by the charity Stonewall, the bench-marked assessment is used by organisations to support them in creating an open and inclusive culture for all staff. The ranking also provides an indication to prospective employees of the inclusive culture making Thurrock an attractive employer of choice.

This year the council joined other leading organisations such as Ministry of Justice, Lloyds Banking Group and the Home Office who also took part in the assessment.

Portfolio Holder with responsibility for equality and diversity, Cllr Deb Huelin said: “This a very positive result for the council as we continue to be a supportive employer for all staff.

“People perform better at work when they can be themselves and whilst we may still have a way to go it is important to recognise how far we have come in our journey so far.

“By using the assessment as a self-evaluation tool we can measure our performance and improvements towards providing a supporting, inclusive workplace for all our staff.”

For more information on the Workplace Equality Index for 2018 please visit the Stonewall website.

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