Gentoo continue to lead the way in LGBT Inclusion

Gentoo has been named as Star Performer for their consistent strong approach to lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) inclusivity. The Sunderland-based company is the only organisation in the North East to scoop the Star Performer accolade awarded by charity Stonewall.

This makes us one of the most gay-friendly employers in the UK. This is the third year Gentoo has been recognised as a Star Performer, after being placed number one in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2014. This was the first time a housing sector employer had taken the top spot.

The Stonewall Top 100 Employers are the best performing employers on Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index, an annual audit of workplace culture for lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff.

As a Star Performer Gentoo work with Stonewall on a set of strategic goals to advance workplace equality, sharing their expertise with other organisations. Last year the focus of their work was about encouraging others to recognise that even with a stretched company budget, you can still make a difference in your workplace and community.

This compliments their ambitious programme of work completed over the past two years to support older LGBT people in their homes as well as helping to raise awareness of domestic violence in same-sex relationships in the region.

This year there are eight Star Performers, others include Accenture, Barclays, EY, Goldman Sachs, the Home Office, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Simmons & Simmons.

Duncan Bradshaw, Director of Membership Programmes, Stonewall said: “Gentoo and all those who have made this year’s Top 100 Employers list have done a fantastic job, and really do put equality and inclusion at the forefront of their work. Being recognised as a Star Performer is testament to the hard work and commitment of many at Gentoo.

“We were thrilled to have 439 submissions for this year’s Index, one of the most competitive yet, and I would like to thank each and every organisation that took part. With your continued efforts and hard work, we will continue to work toward a world where all lesbian, gay, bi and trans staff are welcomed and accepted without exception in their workplaces.”

Lucy Malarkey, Deputy Director, Gentoo said: “Gentoo is delighted to be named as a Stonewall Star Performer for the third year running. Our vision is about building strong communities and inspiring people and we fundamentally believe that inclusive communities are stronger and staff can be more inspired in a workplace that enables them to be themselves. You don’t need huge resources to improve the inclusivity of your workplace and communities – making a difference is about passion, commitment and creativity.

“I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the employers who made the top 100 in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index (WEI) 2017. It’s so inspiring to hear about all of the work that is being done to ensure equality in the workplace. It was great to see five fellow North-East employers in the top 100.

“Gentoo is looking forward to continuing to work with Stonewall to advance workplace equality and explore strategic priorities in the LGBT sector - helping Stonewall in their mission to make everyone feel free to be who they are, wherever they are.”

For more information about Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index visit

Gentoo has published a document ‘Inclusivity without the cost’ to share best practice and tips with other organisations who are committed to LGBT inclusivity. To view visit