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Grant Thornton receives accolade for ‘commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion’

The Stonewall Silver Award comes as part of the LGBTQ+ equality charity’s Bring Yourself to Work campaign, which highlights the importance of inclusive work environments

Grant Thornton has announced it has received an accolade for its “commitment to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people in the workplace”.

Grant Thornton has received a Stonewall Silver Award, which comes as part of the LGBTQ+ equality charity’s Bring Yourself to Work campaign, which highlights the importance of inclusive work environments.

According to the charity’s research, more than a third of LGBTQ+ staff (35%) hide who they are at work, while one in five (18%) have been the target of negative comments because they’re LGBTQ+.

Bradley Chadwick, partner and LGBTQ+ convener at Grant Thornton, said:
“I am extremely proud of the achievements the firm has made over the last three years. Our rapid climb up the Stonewall Employers list is testament to the commitment of so many people who have pulled together to make our firm a more inclusive, diverse and compassionate place to work.

“So much fantastic work has been done, but we’re particularly proud of the work that we’ve done to improve our workplace policies, updating our dress code, and transitioning at work policies as well as making employee feedback and information gathering forms gender neutral. Another area where we’ve made significant improvements is data collection and monitoring, updating our Annual Declarations to allow our people to better express their gender identity.”

He added: “We have built the most amazing, committed, and diverse LGBT+ Network Working Group, which works to engage and represent marginalised and underrepresented people in our community. This community is enriched by our regular coffee catch and book clubs as well as firm-wide events and communications to amplify LGBT+ voices.”

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