Leading homelessness charity St Mungo’s has been named as one of the most inclusive employers in the UK.
The organisation has been ranked at number 14 in this year’s Stonewall Top 100 Employer list – its highest ever position – in recognition of its commitment to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people in the workplace.
Stonewall has also awarded St Mungo’s a prestigious Gold Award, which celebrates organisations that go above and beyond to empower LGBTQIA+ staff members to be themselves at work.
For the great inclusion work achieved by its LGBTQIA+ employee network group, St Mungo’s has also received a Highly Commended Network Group award.
Steve Douglas CBE, St Mungo’s Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted once again to be recognised within Stonewall’s Top 100 Employer list, a testament to our continuing commitment to inclusion throughout our organisation.
“Celebrating the diversity of our staff, volunteers and our clients has always been a top priority at St Mungo’s. It is important that our teams and services are genuinely inclusive spaces where everyone feels able to be their true selves.
“Our LGBTQIA+ Staff Diversity Network offers unwavering support across the organisation, informing our equality training, internal policies and service provision, while also leading events and initiatives to celebrate our LGBTQIA+ staff.
“We have also launched a reverse diversity mentoring scheme, where LGBTQIA+ staff members work with senior managers to build learning about the range of LGBTQIA+ experiences and identities, to help us develop our organisational practices around inclusion.”
The Stonewall Top 100 Employers chart the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2022, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.
According to Stonewall’s research, more than a third of LGBTQIA+ staff (35%) hide who they are at work, while one in five (18%) have been the target of negative comments because they’re LGBTQIA+.
Research also reveals that almost one in five (18%) of LGBTQIA+ people have experienced homelessness at some point in their lives.
Steve Douglas MBE continued: “We know from our clients that being LGBTQIA+ can be an additional element of many people’s experiences of homelessness.
“By fostering an environment where LGBTQIA+ client and staff voices are known to be valued, listened to and learned from, we hope to continually refine our services and educate our teams to offer the best support possible to all our clients.”