Nottingham City Homes (NCH) has been named as one of the best organisations in the country for creating an inclusive workplace for members of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) communities.
LGBT charity Stonewall has ranked Nottingham City Homes in its top 100 index of employers. The charity assesses organisations against a series of measures for their efforts to tackle discrimination and create inclusive workplaces for LGBT employees.
NCH has jumped a massive 71 places in the last year to achieve 89th place nationally in the prestigious Top 100.
NCH Chief Executive Nick Murphy said “Being an inclusive employer is important to us and this recognition from Stonewall highlights that. We employ almost a thousand people – making us a major employer in Nottingham – and it’s important that our workforce is made up of the best talent from all the diverse communities we serve
“This recognition from Stonewall is testament to our Board and colleagues across the organisation, many of whom have volunteered to be ‘straight allies’, workplace champions who have stepped forward to make a better environment for LGBT colleagues.
“And it’s not just about our staff – we make sure we support our LGBT residents too. We will continue to champion and celebrate the diversity of our city. “
NCH’s work on LGBT issues over recent years includes a very visible presence at the annual Nottinghamshire Pride event, establishing an internal LGBT employee forum, and hosting events linked to LGBT History month.
Duncan Bradshaw, Director of Membership Programmes at Stonewall, said: “Nottingham City Homes has done a fantastic job, and staff really do put equality and inclusion at the forefront of everything they do. We were thrilled to have 439 submissions for this year’s Index, one of the most competitive yet, and I would like to thank each and every organisation that took part. We will continue to work toward a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff are welcomed and accepted without exception in their workplaces.”
NCH job vacancies can be viewed at www.jobsatnch.org.uk