Tesco – Top 10 Inclusive Employer or Company 2021

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This category is judged based on evidence provided according to the British LGBT Awards criteria.


Avanti West Coast is one of the UK’s major train operating companies, connecting six of the UK’s largest cities from London to Glasgow. Serving a combined metropolitan population of 18 million, diversity and inclusion is at the heart of the organisation.

Determined to make a difference, they’ve worked with their LGBT+ network and wider LGBTQ+ community and their Inclusion Council to raise the bar when it comes to recognising and welcoming diversity among their workforce and within their communities. They know it’s not enough to say it – they must live it too. That’s why they’ve launched Live Proud – an initiative which informs the business plans for achieving inclusivity for all.


Capco is a technology and management consultancy focused on financial services. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion, and our ‘Be Yourself at Work’ culture, celebrate differences, support individual perspectives and foster creativity and innovation. Our global and local Pride@Capco affinity groups ensure that our people feel supported and represented. They host and variety of awareness and cultural events, proudly march in the London and Edinburgh Pride Marches, participate in LGBTQI+ charity partnerships, and support the recruitment and career progression of LGBTQI+ employees. We are committed to promoting equality for all LGBTQI+ people, within and beyond the Capco walls.


As a leading home improvement business, Wickes has 233 UK stores. Our aim is to make the nation feel house proud and we especially want our team of 8,000 colleagues to feel at home at Wickes and proud of what they do. Our ‘Let’s Do It With Pride’ network has been working hard on the LGBT+ agenda since 2017. We have a number of colleague-led Diversity and Inclusion Networks that are given the autonomy to build their own plan to drive change within our business. They have led on policy changes, education and celebration of LGBT+ history and events, ran training for our business and built an Ally and Role Models programme. In 2020, we were ranked within the Top 10 UK retailers by the Financial Times Annual Diversity ranking of over 850 European-wide companies.


ITV is proud to be more than TV.

In 2020, it became the first FTSE 100 company with a dedicated Diversity Director on its board.

ITV has repeatedly supported its LGBT+ network; creating a Transitioning at Work policy, investigating the use of ‘Mx’ on ITV product signup forms, and this year introduced compulsory inclusivity training.

On screen, ITV continues to reflect modern Britain. Within the past year we’ve seen the first same-sex partnership on Dancing On Ice, and LGBT+ BAME storylines within Emmerdale and Coronation Street.

ITV most recently created ITV Pride Day – celebrating LGBT+ employees, talent, and viewers annually.


Sainsbury’s aims to be the most inclusive retailer where every single colleague can fulfil their potential, and every customer feels welcome when the shop – a bold aim for one of the UK’s largest employers with a national presence.

Supporting LGBT+ colleagues to grow fulfilling careers requires commitment and support. Specific colleague and line manager support is offered by both the Inclusion team, and the UK’s most active colleague network, Proud@Sainsbury’s.

Under the tagline ‘Sainsbury’s proudly support the LGBT+ community’. Sainsbury’s annually showcases the high street’s most visible LGBT+ campaign, highlighting Sainsbury’s commitment to its customers and the wider public.


At Nestle, inclusion and belonging is always top of our agenda. We work continually to create an environment where every one of our colleagues can bring their true self to work every day.

That can only happen if our whole team feel that they can reopen about who they truly are. Our LGBT+ network, which has senior board level sponsorship, has played a key role in helping to shape that and the entire organisation has brought into making the changes we needed to policy, recruitment, on boarding and every process. In that way we have created a truly safe space for all.


London relies on a 150-year-old sewer system built for a population less than half its current size. As a result, millions of tonnes of raw sewage spills. untreated into the River Thames each year. Tideway is the company building London’s new super sewer, a 25km tunnel from west to east London that will prevent sewage pollution in the river and help create a cleaner, healthier environment for London. Inclusivity is at the heart of Tideway’s values. Our staff led network, Encompass, is committed to making the company and the wider construction industry more inclusive by championing LGBTQ+, Racial, Gender and Disability inclusion to really change the face of the construction industry.

Telefonica O2

O2 was named a Best Place to Work in Glassdoor’s 2018, 2019 and 2020 Employee’s Choice Awards. Championing  fair, inclusive and ethical business from the inside, O2 has industry-leading inclusive policies that have seen it recognised with a National Inclusion Standard accreditation, and awarded the first ever People and Culture Award at the Mobile industry Awards 2020. The company offers 14 weeks’ paid paternity leave for heterosexual and same-sex couples, and launched a toolkit for employees considering transitioning at work. It is the only teleco named in the Social Mobility Employer Index for three consecutive years.


KPMG’s LGBT+ network, Breathe, has championed inclusion in the workplace, the marketplace, and the community since its inception in 2003. The network has grown stronger than ever during the COVID pandemic, leading the way with digital community engagement and building a thriving online presence. In the last year we have explored complex issues and shown a spotlight on intersectional topics such as mental health, gender, ethnicity, bisexuality, allyship, and partnering with the armed forces and charity partners on the topics of immigration and HIV. Breathe is passionate about creating an intersectional network that champions all aspects of our member’s identities.


The TSB LGBT+ network is vital in promoting inclusion of anyone who identifies as LGBT+ and their allies at every level, so that everyone is 100% able to come to work as themselves. Working intersectionality with BAME, Gender Balance and Ability, it has created ground breaking and award-winning content, actively helping create a decidedly engaged workforce and great place to work.

Highly valued by TSB partners, including our CEO; Debbie Crosbie, who marched with the team at Edinburgh Pride. It leads the way in diversity within TSB, accelerating inclusion for all partners and customers.