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DWF wins Stonewall's Bi-Inclusive Employer of the Year Award

30 January 2020
DWF has won Stonewall's bi-inclusive employer of the year award and also been ranked 30th in the Top 100 of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2019, the definitive benchmarking tool for employers evaluating their progress with lesbian, gay, bi and trans diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

DWF has moved 29 places up in the Stonewall benchmark, which produces the annual ranking to showcase the UK's top LGBT+ friendly employers. This year's Top 100 was the largest ever with 503 employers entering, demonstrating their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion. 

As part of the Top 100, Stonewall collects more than 109,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity. This year, 81 per cent of LGBT employees who responded to the survey said they feel able to be themselves in the workplace. 

Commenting on the award win and ranking, Stephen Miles, CEO of Commercial Services and Executive Sponsor for LGBT+ Inclusion at DWF, said: "It’s hugely important to us that everyone feels that they can be themselves at DWF. That’s why we're delighted to win the Bi-Inclusive Employer of the Year Award this year, highlighting our work to prioritize bi inclusion across the business.     

"Our LGBT network has been so important in helping to ensure that all of our policies and processes are bi inclusive, and have improved bi visibility across our business. Over the past year, we celebrated Bi Visibility Day, profiled bi role models across the business to create opportunities to tell their stories and equipped all our staff to challenge bi-phobic or bi-erasive behaviour, both in and outside of the office.  

"Bi people still face particular difficulties at work, with many bi people not feeling able to bring their full selves to work. We’d encourage every organisation to take steps to support their bi staff, as well as their lesbian, gay and trans staff, to make their work environments welcoming to everyone."

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s Executive Director of Workplace & Community Programmes, said: 'We are delighted to name DWF as one of our Top 100 Employers this year. All the organisations in this year's Top 100 Employer's list are playing a huge role in improving the lives of LGBT people, and should be very proud of their work."