Published Tuesday, 16 February 2021
Coventry City Council has signed up with equality group Stonewall to become a Diversity Champion.
Stonewall works around the world to promote equality and ensure that laws and rights essential for LGBT+ equality are created, maintained, protected and defended.
It helps organisations make sure that LGBT+ people, across all communities, are valued and welcomed by all.
Cllr Abdul Salam Khan, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Equalities, said: “We are very pleased to announce that we have signed up to become a Stonewall Diversity Champion.
“Equality and diversity is very important to our city and it is important to our Council. We want everyone, from all communities, to know they are welcome and valued and to help them play a role in supporting our city and its people.
“In recent months we have strengthened our employee networks that support not just the LGBT+ community, but those from Black and Asian Minority Ethnic communities, colleagues with disabilities and others, to feel supported and to give them a voice.
“We look forward to working with Stonewall, our colleagues and Trade Unions to continue that work and build a diverse and inclusive Council that reflects our city and inspires others.”
Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme is the leading employers’ programme for ensuring all LGBT+ staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.
The charity works with over 850 organisations, creating inclusive and accepting environments for almost a quarter of the UK workforce.
It helps to keep companies and organisations up to date with legal changes and implications, to build support networks, and help recruitment and staff retention.