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Trio of Big Four firms praised by Stonewall for gay-friendly ways

EY HAS BEEN singled out as one of the most consistently LGBT-friendly firms to work in – across all sectors nationwide – and the best out of the Big Four, scooping Stonewall’s coveted Star Performers award.

The other star performers – employers that have “repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to creating inclusive workplaces by ranking in the top ten of the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list at least three times in the last five years” – are Accenture, Barclays, Gentoo, Goldman Sachs, the Home Office, IBM and Simmons & Simmons.

Stonewall, the UK LGBT equality charity, has published its Stonewall Top-100 Employers 2016 rankings, which shows PwC has been ranked 11th, up 71 places from last year’s 82nd position, while KPMG was 44th.

Deloitte was not ranked.

Over 400 employers submitted entries to the 2016 Index, the highest number since the Index first opened in 2005.

Over the past 12 months, GLEE@PwC, the firm’s inclusive business network for Gays, Lesbian and Everyone Else, hosted over 30 events, created 100’s of new client connections, and attracted over 100 new members. Business areas across PwC engaged with GLEE, with new GLEE networks opening in Northern Ireland and as far afield as Vietnam.

Andy Woodfield, GLEE@PwC partner sponsor, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for PwC and everybody in the firm should be proud of their role in creating an open, inclusive environment for all staff. We’ve created something very special – a working environment where our people can be themselves and be different. It continues to be a pleasure to be involved in our GLEE@PwC network and to work closely with Stonewall and others in the LGBT community that help guide our way”.

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