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Capital One UK receives Gold Employer award for commitment to  LGBTQ+ inclusion at work

Capital One UK has received a Gold Employer award for their commitment and efforts to become an LGBTQ+ inclusive employer.

The award comes as part of LGBTQ+ equality charity, Stonewall’s Bring Yourself to Work campaign which highlights the importance of inclusive work environments.

Capital One UK, one of the UK’s leading credit card providers, has received an accolade for its commitment to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people in the workplace.

This year, Capital One UK, which is headquartered in Nottingham, received a Gold Employer award from Stonewall, the world’s second-largest LGBTQ+ charity. For twenty years, the charity has been supporting employers to create welcoming workplaces for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people.

According to the charity’s research, more than a third of LGBTQ+ staff (35 per cent) hide who they are at work, while one in five (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments because they’re LGBTQ+. 

As part of Stonewall’s Bring Yourself To Work, the LGBTQ+ equality charity, has published its Top 100 Employers List, awarding a series of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to organisations to celebrate their inclusion work. The charity will also be highlighting the importance of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people, and the life-changing impact of being able to bring your whole self to work. 

Liz Ward (she/her), Director of Programmes at Stonewall said:  

‘We spend so much of our time at work, and our career can be a huge part of how we define ourselves. Every single lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer person should be able to be themself at work. From understanding how HR policies, such as parental leave, will affect them, to being reassured that they can speak openly about their lives and partners at the coffee machine, the impact of inclusive workplaces can be life-changing.

‘It’s fantastic that Capital One UK has gained a Gold Employer award for their efforts and commitment to creating an inclusive work environment, and we look forward to seeing and supporting the rest of their inclusion journey.’

Katy Kasper (she/her), Head of HR at Capital One UK said:

“We're delighted to receive this Gold Award in acknowledgment of all the hard work we've been doing to make sure Capital One UK is welcoming and inclusive. Gathering evidence for the Stonewall submission was a real team effort with many members of our OutFront LGBTQ+ network getting involved. When we saw how much we'd achieved and heard the positive stories from our employees, it really brought home how proud we can be that people are truly able to be themselves in our workplace”

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers list this year can be found on the Stonewall website here, as well as further information about the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion.