At an Awards Ceremony held in London last night (Wednesday 16 January 2013), it was announced that South Wales Police had been placed 18th in the ‘Top 100 Employers in Britain’ and 4th in Wales for Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2013.
The Index measures how employers treat their staff regardless of their sexual orientation so that everyone is treated equally. It also measures how well diversity is promoted and accepted within the workplace.
Mr Mark Milton, Strategic Director of HR at South Wales Police, said:
“The news of our success in reaching 18th position in this prestigious index is something South Wales Police values greatly. An increase of 5 places on our previous result is recognition of the great effort put in by everybody in the organisation to demonstrate our understanding of our Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual community and staff.
“We are also thrilled to learn we have earned the right to use the ‘Star Performer Network Group’ logo for our Gay Staff Network for making an invaluable contribution to the experience of LGB staff in South Wales Police.
“It is important to us that all of our staff can be themselves at work and so are better able to excel in serving the public.
“We will continue to strive for a more diverse workforce at all ranks and levels to enable us to be the best at understanding and responding to the communities we serve.”
A celebration of the success of Welsh employers takes place on 24 January at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay sponsored by Rosemary Butler AM where Chief Constable Peter Vaughan of South Wales Police will give an input. This will celebrate the ‘Top 11 Employers in Wales’ who made it into the Index.