Sussex Police makes Stonewall’s Top 100 employers

Stonewall names Sussex Police one of Britain’s Top 100 LGBT inclusive employers. 

  • Sussex Police ranks 68 on LGBT charity’s annual list of inclusive employers
  • Stonewall index receives a record 503 submissions
  • Sussex Police demonstrates consistent performance 

Sussex Police has been named as one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2020. It was placed 68th on this year’s list. 

It has also gained Stonewall’s Public Sector of the Year Award in the South East of England.
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. 

Each organisation must demonstrate expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they have engaged with LGBT communities. 

Sussex Police Chief Constable Giles York QPM said: “ I am delighted that once more Sussex Police has been placed in the top 100. It is a significant achievement, so congratulations to all involved in this success. I am very proud of the progressive approach this force takes towards LGBT inclusivity.

“Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is Britain’s definitive benchmark for employers wishing to measure their progress on LGBT inclusion in the work environment and this independent assessment gives us an opportunity to demonstrate our work in several areas of employment practice and policy. 

“As well as being a significant commendation for what it is like to work for Sussex Police, it also reflects the service we can provide to the public through better representation and understanding.” 

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s executive director of workplace and community programmes, said: “We still don’t live in a world where everyone is able to be themselves in the workplace, as we know more than a third (35 per cent) of LGBT staff hide who they are at work. 

“By taking steps to make their workplaces supportive and welcoming of all LGBT people, organisations like Sussex Police are bringing us closer to a world where everyone is accepted without exception.” 

Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said: “Sussex Police has done some fantastic work internally to promote diversity and LGBT inclusivity. I’m proud that they have once again achieved this recognition and that they continue to lead by example in this area. I believe that, by creating a Force that is welcoming and understanding you are automatically in a better position to engage with and protect the community you  serve.