Vodafone makes Stonewall's Top Global Employers for LGBT inclusion and scoops Global Ally Programme Award for its excellent efforts

Vodafone is a top global employer for LGBT inclusion

Vodafone is a top global employer for LGBT inclusion

Prime employer for women, Vodafone, is celebrating as it is named as one of Stonewall's Top Global Employers for LGBT inclusion worldwide. This fantastic achievement recognises the company's commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Stonewall’s list is compiled from submissions to Stonewall’s Global Workplace Equality Index: a powerful benchmarking tool used by employers to create inclusive workplaces across the markets in which they operate.

In addition to being included in the list, Vodafone has won the Global Ally Programme Award, recognising its Ally portal and demonstrating that the employer really does go above and beyond when it comes to championing the individuality of its 108,271 employees operating in 25 countries.

“Inclusion is a key pillar of Vodafone’s purpose. The Stonewall Top Global Employer award provides us with confidence that we continue to move in the right direction for all our staff regardless of which country they live in,” says Vodafone's Ninian Wilson, Global Supply Chain Management Director & LGBT Exec Sponsor.

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An award-winning Ally programme which makes a difference to employees

Vodafone’s global Allies programme was launched in 2018 and has 2,000 workplace allies and 1,300 digital friends of LGBT portal across 20 countries. The programme includes initiatives such as online learning modules, the LGBT buddy system, LGBT news and upcoming events, and personal stories from allies and LGBT+ staff.

The programme also provides access to visible signals so that Allies can indicate their support for the LGBT community. The Allies programme works in-country, following a schedule of events designed around raising awareness for marginalised members of the community. These events are promoted to all staff.

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Vodafone with their Stonewall trophies.

Stonewall interviewed Emma Smith, Global Cyber Security Director and LGBT Sponsor for Technology at Vodafone, about the Ally programme. She said: "Our global Ally programme has over 20 executive sponsors who regularly meet to discuss challenges and opportunities in each market. This enables teams and executive sponsors inside and outside of Vodafone to understand why it’s important, and supports teaching and learning from each other. It also creates a competitive spirit between teams, which has really helped drive our work forward. Our global Friends network has also allowed us to support global initiatives across our markets and has helped us implement the ‘4 C’ strategy - colleagues, customers, co-partners and communities."

Emma offered her top tips for other employers who are looking to develop their global allies programme: "Listening to the Ally network and understanding its challenges are so important. You need to give the network the freedom to progress how they want to and let them tell stories. This has been so powerful for us and has really helped people to empathise. I would also highlight the value of having regular communication and clear branding. We have a range of really impactful ways for people to show their support; this highlights the organisation’s commitment to inclusion and really helps make it part of a company’s culture. Finally, I would say unconscious bias training is essential. This can be eye-opening and creates a solid foundation for allyship."

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Be part of Vodafone and make a difference

Vodafone offers exciting opportunities to talented women around the world, from apprentices through to experienced hires. 

Search and apply for your next role with Vodafone today and see where your career will take you.

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