RFL named amongst top 100 employers on Stonewall Index
The Rugby Football League has become the first UK sporting organisation to make the top 100 employers in the Stonewall Index that measures attitudes towards lesbian, gay and bisexual staff.
The RFL’s progress from 169th to 93rd in the rankings follows the recognition of Gareth Thomas, the former Wales and British Lions rugby union captain who now plays league for the Crusaders, as the Stonewall Hero of the Year in 2010.
“To be named in the top 100 organisations in the country is a fantastic achievement for us,” said Sarah Williams, the RFL’s equality and diversity manager.
“We’re up there with huge corporations such as ITV and for a relatively small, public company such as the RFL to be mentioned in the same vein is a huge boost for us all.”
Richard Lewis, the chairman of the RFL and Sport England, added: “The RFL is committed to becoming one of the most equitable employers in the country and to be named in the Top 100 is a huge step in the right direction for us.
“The challenge for us now is not to rest on our laurels but to keep developing our entire equality and diversity programmes and continue the impressive progress we have made in recent years.”
The RFL offered further evidence of its commitment to promoting diversity in the game last June when Castleford Tigers were fined a record £40,000 for failing to prevent a few supporters from aiming homophobic abuse at Thomas in his first Super League starting appearance.
From the Guardian