Stonewall Workplace Equality Index

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The Stonewall Workplace Equality Index is an annual benchmarking exercise conducted by the lesbian, gay, and bisexual rights charity Stonewall to determine and showcase the UK's top employers for Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual staff. The index was launched in 2005 as the Corporate Equality Index, changing its name to Workplace Equality Index in 2006.


It is free from employers to enter the index, Stonewall create the index based upon a questionnaire based submission from the employer. The questionnaire, currently comprises 25 questions upon which Stonewall assesses the employers standing against eight good practice criteria. (Originally this was 20 questions over nine areas, but was revised in 2009.)

  • Employee Policy
  • Employee Engagement
  • Staff Training & Development
  • Monitoring
  • Supplier Policy
  • LGB Community Engagement
  • The 'pink plateau'
  • Additional evidence

From 2012, an additional set of criteria for global employers was set to recognise global support for LGB equality. These ranged from global non-discrimination policies to worldwide partner benefits and relocation support. In its first year, 19 submissions were assessed against the global criteria.


Following each employers written response to the 25 questions, Stonewall assess and awards each employer marks out of a maximum score of 200. If no supporting evidence has been provided then marks are not awarded. Each employers submission is tested twice, once by the Workplace Team and once by Stonewall's policy experts. In addition, a range of submissions are randomly selected for a face-to-face consultation with an external consultant selected according to the workplace type.

Staff Feedback Survey[edit]

In order to provide additional evidence for employers, Stonewall introduced a Staff Feedback Survey in 2009 in order to collect feedback directly from LGB staff of entrants. The results of these surveys (in the 2012 index) were worth 5% of the total mark.

The survey consists of nice questions designed to analyse the inclusiveness of workplace culture, including the following:

  • Openness of sexual orientation with colleagues
  • Confidence reporting homophobic bullying
  • Having well informed heterosexual colleagues
  • Support from line management and senior managers
  • Visible role models in the workplace


Year Winner Winner's Score Number of
Average Score of
Top 100
Average Score of
All Submissions
Score required for
Top 100
2013 [1] Accenture 376 78% 49% 68%
2012 [2] Ernst & Young 363 76% 49% 65%
2011 [3] Home Office 378 90% 74%
2010 [4] IBM 352 66%
2009 [5] Lloyds TSB 93% 317 56%
2008 [6] Nacro 96% 241 71%
2007 [7] IBM 95% 201 63%
2006 [8] Staffordshire Police 86% 164 50%
2005 [9] British Council 89% 40%

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