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Stonewall Workplace Equality Index ranks JLL top property company for LGBT inclusivity


​January 19th 2016 – JLL has jumped 115 places on Stonewell’s annual Workplace Equality Index making it the number one firm for LGBT inclusivity in the property and built environment sector.

JLL has ranked 136 on the index, moving up from 251st place in 2016. The index is a powerful benchmarking tool which measures how inclusive employers are for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. It is compiled through measuring how employers demonstrate their work in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, from training to community engagement. Staff also completed an anonymous survey about their experiences at work.

JLL’s LGBT network, Building Pride, has run and spearheaded many awareness raising campaigns both within the firm and across the sector. Internal campaigns have included producing a video to celebrate National Coming out day and encouraging staff to wear a rainbow coloured item of clothing to show their support on International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOT.)

The network also engaged with four construction companies including Tetris–bluu, VolkerFitzpatrick and BW last year to get over 600 of their staff wearing rainbow coloured laces to help generate awareness and show support for the LGBT community. A number of Building Pride members also signed up to Stonewall’s “Diversity Role Models” to go into schools to tackle homophobia amongst youngsters. In addition, JLL has also helped four of the firm’s clients create LGBT networks within their companies.
Chris Ireland, JLL UK CEO, commented: “This is a fantastic result. Our improvement in this well regarded list is testament to the hard work of our Building Pride Network in raising awareness of LGBT issues through various events and campaigns.

“As a firm we have also made huge strides including developing our internal multi-award winning ‘#cantbelieveisaidthat’ video series challenging unconscious bias in the workplace and we will carry on to ensure fairness in our recruitment and promotion procedures as well as in the development of our policies. It is now our mission to get into the top 100, continue to attract a diverse range of talent and ensure JLL is a place where everybody feels comfortable regardless of sexuality, age, race, gender or creed.”