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The best type of employers are inclusive

MENTAL HEALTH and wellbeing charity Touchstone, has just been ranked No. 1 in The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List published today in recognition of its continued dedication to workplace diversity.

This long-awaited league table of the most inclusive employers in the UK finally shines a light on best practice across all strands of diversity – age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.

So why is this so important? Well, research shows that more diverse organisations perform better and they are also better places to work.

However, until now it has been very difficult to identify which organisations put inclusivity at the heart of their business.

Powered by The Excellence in Diversity Awards, The Inclusive Top 50 Employers is a definitive list focusing on representation at management, senior, executive and board level.

Complied by a dedicated panel of judges including Miranda Wayland (ITV), Heather Melville (RBS) and Andy Woodfield (PwC) the list has been collated based on each organisations performance on a range of areas within the diversity arena.

Organisations featured in the rankings have had to provide sufficient evidence of their inclusivity practices in areas such as recruitment procedures, training and a host of diversity-related initiatives.


Heather Melville, director of strategic partnerships for RBS and one of the judges for The Inclusive Top 50 said: “For me this isn't simply about building a list, but about recognising the companies who are brave and innovative and see diversity and inclusion as a smart way to grow your business.”

The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List also recognises the outstanding efforts of organisations that have begun their journey to attracting and retaining a truly diverse workforce, achieving equality, diversity and inclusion at its purest form.

CEO of The Inclusive Top 50, Paul Sesay has over 10 years worth of experience in the Diversity, Equality & Inclusion sector and has a whole catalogue of diversity initiatives behind him including the UK’s newest and most groundbreaking award ceremony, The BEAM Awards, which will be televised on ITV1 later this year!

Sesay said: "It is crucial to highlight best practices in workforce diversity. There is a need to promote these practices and the organisations carrying out pioneering work in this arena to set an example to other employers across the UK."

He continued: “An excellent response from companies nationwide has ensured a wide spectrum of inclusive employers are featured, and I am delighted to announce The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List has identified true leaders in this field.”


A wide range of outstanding submissions were received for The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list including entries from British Airways, Ministry of Justice, The Open University, Sky, Age UK and Asda.

Taking the number one spot on the list is Touchstone, a charity providing mental health and wellbeing services to over 2,000 people per year.

Touchstone deservedly gains the top position. This charity supports people from a wide range of backgrounds and aims to reflect the same diversity among its staff.

Manchester Metropolitan University, second in the league table, not only hosts conferences on diversity and encourages a more diverse intake of students, it applies the same principles to its employment practices.

While PwC is third position has a goal “to be known as the place to build a career, regardless of one’s background, beliefs, gender or sexual orientation”.

Not surprisingly, many of the Top 50 make it their mission to help people – Circle Housing, Merlin Housing and L&Q in the social housing and housing association sector as well as charities such as St Mungo’s and Victim Support. The public sector also features widely in the Top 50 including West Midlands Police, South Wales Police and Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service as well as NHS Trusts including University Hospitals of Morecombe Bay, Leeds and York and Greater Manchester University Hospitals. Along with Manchester Metropolitan University several organisations in the field of education including the Universities of Manchester and Aberdeen and the Open University also rate highly in terms of inclusivity.

The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List

1. Touchstone
2. Manchester Metropolitan University
3. PwC
4. Circle Housing
5. Merlin Housing
6. British Airways
7. West Midlands Police
8. Centro
9. St Mungo's
10. L&Q
11. University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
12. The University of Manchester
13. Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Service
14. South Wales police
15. The University Of Aberdeen
16. Lancashire Constabulary
17. Mott Macdonald
18. Hogan Lovells
19. Ministry of Justice
20. Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
21. Simmons & Simmons
22. Victim Support
23. Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Trust
24. The Open University
25. The University of East London
26. Sky
27. City West Housing Trust
28. Surrey Police
29. West Yorkshire Police
30. Orbit Group
31. West Midlands Fire Service
32. IBM
33. Age UK
34. Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
35. University of Bristol Students Union
36. RCT Homes
37. Mind
38. Greater Manchester Police
39. University of York
40. Steve Biko Housing
41. ASDA
42. Thomson Reuters
43. Royal Holloway, University of London
44. NHS North West Ambulance Service
45. Gateway Housing
46. Trust Housing Association
47. Liverpool Mutual Homes
48. St Giles Trust
49. Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
50. Allianz Insurance plc

To find out more, please visit and follow Twitter: @inclusivetop50

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