At our firm we want everyone to feel comfortable to be themselves and to be open about their romantic and sexual orientation(s), gender identity, transition status and/or intersex status if they wish.
We spend a large part of our lives at work, so when LGBTQIA+ people feel that they have to hide or minimise parts of themselves in the workplace, it can take a toll in many ways, be that not feeling part of the team or experiencing mental health issues, which can impair their ability to be effective in their roles. We work on LGBTQIA+ inclusion so that colleagues, clients and suppliers feel comfortable being themselves which in turn allows the firm to attract and retain diverse talent.
Our current strategy focuses on three intersectional avenues:
When our LGBTQIA+ colleagues see people like them in leadership roles they feel more accepted and confident about being themselves in the workplace.
Enabling our LGBTQIA+ colleagues and allies to come together. We create a safe environment in which they can form connections with similar/like-minded individuals and feel empowered to bring their whole selves to work.
We participate in the WEI as it provides external insight and guidance on what other UK businesses are doing to remove barriers and promote LGBTQIA+ inclusivity. When preparing actions plans, we consult with our LGBTQIA+ working group and focus on those areas that are authentically important to Grant Thornton.
We have made significant progress in this area, and as a result were honoured to receive a Gold award from Stonewall in recognition of our progress in its Workplace Equality Index. This year, we were proud to be included in their Top 100 Employers for LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
Steps taken to date include (but are not limited to) putting in place and maintaining the following initiatives:
There is always more work to be done, and so we are currently focused on building on the above, as well as through the following actions:
We have been awarded Gold Employer in the latest Stonewall rankings, making us a top employer for LGBTQIA+ inclusion.
Syndie Simon is a manager in our corporate tax team, on a 12-month inclusion and diversity secondment, focusing on our LGBTQIA+ community.
Polly Bull tells us about their experience of inclusion and belonging when joining Grant Thornton as a non-binary person.