Barclays is named in the annual Stonewall Workplace Equality Index as one of the top three UK employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.
The index assessed more than 360 public and private organisations on a number of measures, including how they implement equality policies and their performance on recruitment and mentoring.
The third place finish, announced at a ceremony in London last night, is Barclays best performance ever. It is also an improvement on last year, when the firm was ranked 10th overall.
This year, Barclays claimed the top spot among financial services providers and was ranked second among private sector employers.
Mark McLane, Managing Director, Head of Global Diversity and Inclusion, Barclays, said: “This recognition continues to affirm Barclays commitment to diversity and inclusion. Our partnership with Stonewall has been a vital enabler for our Spectrum Diversity Network in providing the resources essential in positioning Barclays as an employer of choice for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and ally community.”
Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive of Barclays Retail and Business Banking, added: “I firmly believe that we can only build a great business if we have talented people from all backgrounds contributing to our team at Barclays. That is why I'm thrilled that Stonewall has recognised our inclusive working environment for lesbian, gay and bisexual people; and that we have been rated as the top financial services company in the UK.”
Richard Clarke, Co-chair, Barclays Spectrum network, concluded: “This is fantastic news that recognises the great works that has been undertaken across the firm to support the LGBT colleagues and customers. It would not have been possible, without the support and dedication of both our members, and of our friends and allies, within the Spectrum network.”
Barclays has ranked within the top 100 every year since the index launched seven years ago.