Sunderland housing firm Gentoo named as the UK’s most gay-friendly employer

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SUNDERLAND housing firm Gentoo has been announced as the best place to work for gay people.

Lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall listed the landlord as Number One on in its Top 100 gay-friendly employers.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive, said: “Gentoo and every single employer in the Top 100 has performed remarkably this year as competition for a place on the list of gay-friendly employers has never been fiercer.

“This commitment from organisations – across 38 different industries – is changing the face of workplaces for the better for all staff, regardless of their sexual orientation.”

Peter Walls, Gentoo chief executive officer, said: “Winning this award is an amazing achievement. It truly is the people at Gentoo that make this business great and it is vital that everyone feels able to be themselves at work and give us all they’ve got.

“This award will motivate us to continue to find new ways of working towards our vision.”

Second place is Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust and The Co-operative is third. Accenture, EY and the Home Office complete the top five.

This is the first time that a housing sector employer has taken the top spot.

Stonewall said Britain’s military and security services are well represented on the list, with the Security Service (MI5), Ministry of Defence, the Army and the Royal Navy all securing positions.

The Top 100 list is based on the results of Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2014, the tenth published by the charity. The Index is based on a range of key indicators which include a confidential questionnaire of lesbian, gay and bisexual staff, with over 9,700 participants. This consistently revealed that employees from organisations ranked in Stonewall’s Top 100 exhibited higher levels of staff satisfaction and loyalty.

For further information on the Workplace Equality Index visit or follow the conversation on Twitter and Facebook using #WEI2014. The full Top 100 list is published at 5pm tonight.