Focusing on LGBT+ inclusion

Focusing on LGBT+ inclusion

We focus on creating an inclusive working environment for employees who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or other sexual orientation and gender identity categories (LGBT+). Our global executive sponsor for LGBT+ matters, who is a member of our senior leadership team, provides leadership on LGBT+ inclusion and raises the profile of LGBT+ topics. A further 20 senior leadership team members in local markets and at Group level support their efforts and act as executive sponsors for their areas of business.

For the second year, Stonewall recognised Vodafone as a Top Global Employer. We also received additional recognition in the form of a Global Senior Champion Award in 2018. In the UK, Vodafone jumped 10 places from our previous year’s ranking to reach position 32 in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list this year, with the LGBT+ Friends Network also being highly commended.

Understanding our LGBT+ population

This year, for the first time, colleagues across Europe, New Zealand and South Africa had the option to provide their sexual orientation and gender identity as part of the annual Global People Survey. 1.3% of the population identified as lesbian or gay, 1.1% as bisexual and over 4% indicated that they would ‘prefer not to say’. In addition, less than 1% of the population identified as transgender. We believe there is an opportunity for more work to be done so that our LGBT+ employees feel comfortable to identify themselves.