Core Assets ranked in Stonewall’s top 100 employers list for 6th consecutive year

For the 6th consecutive year children’s services group Core Assets has once again been named as one of Britain’s best employers for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) staff by leading gay rights charity Stonewall.

With headquarters in Bromsgrove, Core Assets has been placed 55 out of an overall entry of more than 400 companies to Stonewall’s annual Workplace Equality Index 2016, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.

Executive director at Core Assets, Estella Abraham commented: “As an organisation committed to diversity and equality in the workplace our ranking reinforces our commitment to all of our LGBT employees and associates.  Year on year the Top 100 becomes more competitive, so our 2016 ranking is an acknowledgment of the hard work everyone has put in to make the Core Assets Group the only international independent provider of children and family social services to feature in the index.”

Steve Jacques, LGBT diversity champion at Core Assets, added: “Core Assets is a fantastic employer with a strong commitment to LGBT inclusion.  From grass roots through to senior management we continue to drive initiatives to protect LGBT employees from discrimination and to promote this culture of inclusion throughout all our international operations.  I’m really excited about the development of our new LGBT strategy which will see us introduce even more initiatives to support our LGBT staff, carers and young people.”

One of 2015’s initiatives saw a company-wide response to the Wear it Purple campaign which saw hundreds of Core Assets employees across the globe wearing something purple for the day to show their support for LGBT young people.   This year the organisation will also be supporting UK LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (3-9 March) to encourage the recruitment of more LGBT foster carers as well as participation at Pride events from Sydney to Birmingham.

As part of the Index there is a staff feedback questionnaire that participating employers can ask their staff to complete.  This year Stonewall received 60,506 responses to the staff survey making it one of the largest national employment surveys in Britain, with 11,980 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender respondents.

Ruth Hunt, chief executive of Stonewall, said: “Core Assets and all of those employers that secured a place in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2016 list performed fantastically this year.  We have had more submissions than ever before and so making the list is a huge achievement.  I’d like to thank all of those organisations for their continued efforts to ensure that their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff feel comfortable to being their whole selves to work and are accepted without exception.” 

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