We estimate that there are some 2500+ lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) colleagues within the Group. We’ve made public commitments to increasing the engagement scores of our LGBT colleagues to 70% by 2020, in our Helping Britain Prosper Plan. This will be measured via our Colleague Survey.
If we are to become the best bank for customers then we must ensure that this vision is inclusive of the LGBT community. As an organisation we’ve made great strides forward, and are acknowledged as a leading edge employer when it comes to LGBT equality.
Our commitment to our LGBT agenda is led from the top. Our Executive Sponsor for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, Karin Cook, champions our LGBT programme and activities.
Recognition of our work
We are proud to have created an inclusive and open working environment for our LGBT colleagues, evidenced by our continued strong performances in external benchmarks.
Lloyds Banking Group was named number 1 in the 2017 Stonewall Top 100 employers list, which celebrates the pioneering efforts of leading organisations to create inclusive workplaces.
The achievement is the culmination of a journey that has seen the Group placed third in 2015, second in 2016 and first in 2017, recognising the progress made and our continued commitment to LGBT inclusion.
Several of our LGBT role models have been recognised externally with awards, and our Rainbow Network was named Network of the Year at the 2016 British LGBT Awards.
We have continued to run our LGBT leadership programme throughout 2016. Over 200 colleagues have completed the programme so far, with some describing the experience as life changing.
Support for transgender colleagues
We are committed to providing a safe and supportive working environment for all colleagues and the way in which they wish to express their gender identity. We have a specialist support team who have received specific training and are experts in the field of transgender and transitioning at work. In 2016, we were the first UK-owned company to extend our Private Medical Benefit to include gender dysphoria.
We also include multiple gender options in our colleague survey to include colleagues who identify as gender non-binary.
Our LGBT colleague network, Rainbow, plays a pivotal role in our approach, and with over 5000 members and supporters, is one of the largest networks of its kind in the UK. Rainbow is committed to connecting, developing and supporting our LGBT colleagues across the Group. Rainbow was named network of the year at the 2016 British LGBT Awards. Rainbow has an active Twitter following @LBGRainbow.
Supporting the LGBT community
The Stonewall Young Campaigners Programme gives young people aged 16-21 the skills, confidence and support they need to lead change in their local communities by running their own anti-homophobia campaigns.
Over the past four years, our support has helped more than 200 young people become Youth Volunteers, and develop the skills and confidence to deliver these campaigns in their local schools, colleges and communities.