EY supports Stonewall in transgender equality initiative

EY supports Stonewall in transgender equality initiative

With over half of trans people still feeling unable to disclose their identity in the workplace, EY shows its dedication to eliminating workplace discrimmination

Big Four accounting firm, EY, is supporting Stonewall’s efforts to bring about positive change for transgender and non-binary people in the workplace.

Research from Stonewall found that over half (51%) of trans people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination or abuse.

EY has subsequently announced its support of a new UK initiative that Stonewall are implementing to help trans and non-binary people at work and in their communities.

The Stonewall Trans Allies programme is designed to help non-trans people understand how they can tackle anti-trans discrimination and voice their support of the trans people they work with.

The one-day programme is open to everyone across the UK and its overall objective is to provide employees with a deeper understanding of the impacts transphobia can have.

It will also focus on the tools and language companies need to adopt to better include trans people in the workplace.

EY is one of 13 other leading organisations that have committed to delivering the Trans Allies programme for its own employees. It sits among the House of Commons, Barclays, Linklaters, Lloyds Banking Group, and the National Assembly for Wales as a supporter of the scheme.

Alongside supporting Stonewall’s efforts, EY has taken its own steps to support trans inclusion in the company.

Back in 2015, the firm published its internal guide on gender identity, expression, and gender transition to support their trans community. It is now recognised as the new benchmark in employer best practice.

The guide was developed in consultation with Unity, EY’s employee network for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender people and their allies.

Stonewall is a UK charity committed to progress on age, disability, gender, race, religion and belief, and sexual orientation issues.

Its mission is to help all lesbian, gay, bi, and trans people, both in the UK and abroad, reach their full potential. Part of this involves partnering with organisations that help them create real change and ultimately support them in their journey to ensure everyone feels free to be who they are in every areas of their lives.

Sanjay Sood-Smith, Stonewall’s director of empowerment programmes, said: “We’re proud to have the support of EY to help launch our trans allies programme. Their commitment to moving forward in their journey to get trans inclusion right is a sign that a positive future is possible.

“We know trans and non-binary people face abuse and discrimination in their day-to-day lives. Half of trans and non-binary people have hidden their identity at work for fear of discrimination.

“However, having leading organisations including EY backing our trans allies programme shows there is strong support for trans people across different sectors. We are looking forward to building on this extremely positive initiative to create more inclusive workplaces across Britain.”

Also commenting on the partnership, Steve Varley, UK chairman of EY, said: “We aim to be the UK’s most inclusive employer, creating a working environment where all our people can express their own individual gender identity. We also want to make sure that our colleagues who are undergoing gender transition are supported by their team and the firm.

“I’m proud of the steps we have taken so far within our own organisation and also that we are helping to create wider positive change, by supporting Stonewall with their new trans-equality initiative.”

 

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