BrandArena: Britain’s MI5 spy agency named Britain's most gay-friendly employer

Thursday 21 January 2016

Britain’s MI5 spy agency named Britain's most gay-friendly employer

Britain’s MI5 spy agency was on Tuesday named the country’s best employer for promoting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity.

The Top 100 Employers list, created by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality charity Stonewall, is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace.

MI5 beat more than 400 organisations to top Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list for 2016, after coming seventh in 2015.

Commenting on taking the number one spot in a release on its website, Andrew Parker, Director-General, MI5 said : “Diversity is vital for MI5, not just because it’s right that we represent the communities we serve, but because we rely on the skills of the most talented people whoever they are, and wherever they may be. This accolade from Stonewall is a great acknowledgment of the continued progress we have made over recent years in ensuring we draw on the widest possible pool of talent in our vital work.”

Ruth Hunt, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: “MI5 have made fantastic strides in creating an inclusive workplace, and have now appeared on the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list since 2012. This is an amazing achievement and demonstrates just how seriously diversity and inclusion is taken. I’d also like to thank all of those organisations that took part in Stonewall’s 2016 Workplace Equality Index, and congratulate our Top 100 and award winners. We’re thrilled to see such a commitment to lesbian, gay, bi and trans colleagues, but we also know that there is still lots to do.

“Stonewall looks forward to working with all of those organisations and others in the year ahead, to work towards a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff feel equal at work and are accepted without exception.”

The security service did not allow gay people to apply 25 years ago - now it is Stonewall's top employer for LGBT equality. 

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