The Bank of England’s membership with Stonewall during 2019-2021

Freedom of Information rules mean that, as a public authority, the Bank of England is obliged to disclose certain types of information, both proactively and on request.

Date: 12 November 2021

Disclosure:

‘1. In 2019-2021, did the Bank apply to be a “Stonewall Diversity Champion” or to be included on Stonewall’s “Workplace Equality Index”.

2. Did the Bank receive any feedback from Stonewall in relation to either application or programme.

3. Details of the total amount of money you paid to Stonewall (i) in 2019; (ii) in 2020 and (iii) 2021.

4. Whether you intend to continue your membership of any Stonewall scheme in the future, and if so which.’

The Bank of England (the ‘Bank’) has been a Stonewall Diversity Champion throughout the time period of interest and last applied to be included on the Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index in 2019, for which the rankings were published in early 2020. Feedback in respect of these programmes was provided to the Bank by Stonewall. The Bank has renewed its Stonewall Diversity Champion membership for 2021/22 and is intending to apply for the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 2022 later this year.

Turning to part 3 above, the table below provides a breakdown of the payments made to Stonewall by the Bank between 1 January 2019 and 2 June 2021 (date of the request):

Payments made to Stonewall (including VAT)

Stonewall Diversity Champions Membership for 2018-19

£3,000.00

Stonewall Workplace Conference London – 26 April 2019

£358.80

Stonewall Workplace Conference London – 3 April 2020

£370.80

‘Being a better ally to LGBT people of colour’ Webinar – 29 October 2020

£48.00

Stonewall Diversity Champions Membership for 2020-21

£3,000.00

Stonewall Diversity Champions Membership for 2021-22

£3,000.00

£9,777.60

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