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COPFS named as top public sector employer in Scotland

The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has been named top public sector employer in Scotland for the fourth year running and 13th overall in the UK in the 2017 Stonewall UK Workplace Equality Index. Beginning in 2004, the Stonewall WEI measures how supportive and inclusive companies and organisations are with regard to equality for their LGBTI staff.

This year more than 400 organisations took part from both the private, public and third sector with COPFS ranked number 13 in the UK and remaining top of the public sector organisations in Scotland.

Speaking ahead of a ceremony at the Law Society, Chancery Lane, London tonight, Ruth McQuaid, COPFS’s Equality and Inclusion Champion said:

“I am delighted that this fantastic result recognises our long-held commitment to developing and sustaining a diverse workforce within an environment that is welcoming and inclusive and acknowledges our engagement with the wider LGBTI community in the development of our policies and good practice.

"COPFS values its workforce and does not tolerate any form of bullying, harassment or discrimination and, due to the commitment and vision of dedicated staff across the service, the organisation now has equality and inclusion at the core of all we strive to do.  

“We totally embrace the belief that people really do perform better when they can be themselves and are grateful to Stonewall for the advice and support they have given us to make our organisation a welcoming work environment for the LGBTI community.”

Further information

1.The Stonewall Top 100 Employers list is the definitive list of Britain's most LGBTI inclusive workplaces. The full list can be found at the following link
Stonewall Top 100 Employers 2017
2.In total, over 400 employers applied nationally to enter the index.  In Scotland, 20 public sector/civil service departments and agencies applied for the index.  COPFS first entered the UK Top 100 in 2012, ranked at 71. 
3. A Ceremony to mark the launch of the Scottish Workplace Equality Index will be held at TBC on 2 March