JLL becomes first real estate advisor to make Stonewall’s Top 100 LGBT-Inclusive employers

Leaping 88 places to be ranked 64th on LGBT charity’s annual list

January 21, 2019

JLL has been named one of the most inclusive employers in Britain by lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity Stonewall in its Top 100 Employers list for 2019. JLL has ranked 64th on this year’s list, becoming the first real estate advisor to make the Top 100.

This year’s Top 100 was the largest ever with 445 employers entering, demonstrating their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion.

As part of the Top 100, Stonewall collects more than 92,000 anonymous responses from employees on their experience of Britain’s workplace culture and diversity. An overwhelming 93 per cent of non-LGBT employees who responded to the survey, say they understand why their employer is committed to LGBT equality.

Ollie Saunders, JLL UK Executive Board member, who is openly gay, said: “We are thrilled to be the first real estate advisor to make the Top 100 and to be ranked alongside other leading organisations who we admire. Rising 88 places since last year is a fantastic achievement and something that wouldn’t have been possible without the support of so many who have worked hard to embed equality across our business.

“Creating an inclusive workplace where everyone can be themselves, irrespective of their sexuality, gender, race or social background, is something we are passionate about and we want to continue to drive progress, within JLL and across the whole of the real estate industry.”

JLL established Building Pride, its LGBT+ employee network five years ago, and its success went on to inspire the creation of several other internal networks that are fundamental to the firm’s commitment for equality.

Over the last year, JLL’s LGBT+ activities have included supporting National Coming Out Day across its global offices, the launch of a Transitioning in the Workplace company policy and events to marching in London Pride, for the third year running, with Freehold.

JLL is also the only property firm to participate in the ‘AuthentiCity’ careers event created exclusively for LGBT+ undergraduates and graduates, which has been held for three years, with JLL involved from the start.

Chris Ireland, JLL UK CEO, added: “I would like to thank everyone at JLL who has played a part in this journey so far, supporting our own commitment for change and for a more diversified property industry.

“We have a clear ambition. We want to build a diverse and inclusive business with a working environment that inspires and supports everyone to be the very best they can be. Over the past four years we have moved up 303 places in the Index, but we cannot and do not want to stand still.

“This year we plan to extend our LGBT community work, engage further with clients and suppliers to drive the LGBT+ inclusion agenda, and to further extend our allies programme across more of our offices.”

Darren Towers, Stonewall’s Executive Director, concluded: “JLL and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list are making a huge difference to workplaces, services and communities across the UK. LGBT-inclusive employers play a crucial role in changing society by using their power and influence to protect and support LGBT people. More than a third of LGBT staff (35 per cent) still hide their identity at work for fear of discrimination; that has an impact on productivity, wellbeing and more and shows we still have lots to do. However, with organisations like JLL displaying such a strong commitment to LGBT equality, we are one step closer to creating a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees are welcomed and accepted without exception.”

Stonewall’s Top 100 is compiled from submissions to the Workplace Equality Index, a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to assess their achievements and progress on LGBT equality in the workplace, as well as their wider work in the community and on service provision.

Each organisation must demonstrate their expertise in 10 areas of employment policy and practice, including networking groups, senior leadership, procurement and how well they’ve engaged with LGBT communities.