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LGBTQ+ equality at the Fund

In 2023, we were delighted to receive a Gold Award in Stonewall UK's workplace equality index, ranking 75th in their Top 100 Employers. These achievements recognise the progress we have made on our journey to become a more inclusive organisation. Read more about our journey below.

While our diversity and inclusion work initially focused on gender and race, we wanted to extend it to cover other aspects of equality.

Stonewall UK's workplace equality index

The Stonewall UK workplace equality index assesses LGBTQ+ equality across ten domains of employment policy and practice. In 2020, we ranked 482 out of more than 500 organisations submitting their data, highlighting that we have a lot of work to do to be more LGBTQ+ inclusive.

Stonewall logo for the top 100 LGBTQ+ inclusive employer

To help us move further, faster in our work toward LGBTQ+ inclusion, we joined Stonewall’s Diversity Champion programme in 2021. The programme shares expertise, resources and tailored advice to help embed inclusive practices to ensure LGBTQ+ staff are free to be themselves at work.

In the 2022 equality index, we ranked 239 out of more than 400 organisations submitting their data, receiving a Stonewall Bronze Employer Award.

With our third submission, we ranked 75th in Stonewall's Top 100 employers and were delighted to receive a Gold Award in 2023, recognising the progress we have made on our journey to become a more inclusive organisation. 

Our recent activity

  • LGBTQ+ staff network: LGBTQ+ colleagues from across the organisation continue to find affinity in our thriving LGBTQ+ staff network whose membership continues to increase. The network is now open to LGBTQ+ colleagues at our sister health and care think-tanks, the Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation, with invitations to our events extended to community members and allies across both organisations.  

  • Awareness raising events for staff: these events aim to inform staff and create a more inclusive workplace. In 2022, we welcomed Cynthia Fortlage who shared her experiences of gender confirmation and answered our questions about trans inclusion. We also welcomed Lior Locher who shared their experiences of being non-binary alongside issues facing non-binary colleagues in the workplace. We also mark, celebrate and share information on days of observance and celebration in the LGBTQ+ calendar.  

  • Pride week:  we continue to celebrate Pride week with an emphasis on representation and education as well as celebration. In 2021 we explored the history of Pride, the evolution of inclusive language and how to be a good ally. In 2022, we focused on issues of intersectionality in the LGBTQ+ community, highlighting and exploring community experiences. We also marched at Pride in London for the first time. 

  • Review of policies: we’ve updated the language in key HR policies to ensure they are inclusive and are continuing work to ensure that all our policies are LGBTQ+ inclusive. We’ve re-worked our diversity and inclusion policy to make our commitments to LGBTQ+ inclusion more visible and look forward to launching our Trans Inclusion Policy. 

  • Our external work: as an organisation we are committed to highlighting and addressing health inequalities, which include issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community. Recent publications include a guest blog on supporting LGBTQ+ NHS staff and a podcast episode on what can be done to tackle LGBTQ+ health inequalities

Get in touch

We are keen to learn from best practice and would welcome opportunities to discuss and learn more. If you’d like to connect with us, please email [email protected].

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