Results of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index have revealed Thurrock Council moved up 135 places in the official ranking – an increase of 31% compared to results from 2016. The authority now sits within the top half 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 help them creating an open and inclusive culture for all staff. The ranking is also an indication of inclusive culture for prospective employees, 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, go to: Stonewall: Workplace Equality Index.