Manchester United announce new partnership with LGBT+ charity Stonewall as club sign up to their Diversity Champions programme to promote inclusion in the workplace
Manchester United have announced a partnership with LGBT+ charity Stonewall as part of the club’s ‘All Red All Equal’ campaign.
United are signing up to Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which promotes the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi and trans employees in the workplace.
They will also participate in Stonewall’s Workplace Allies programme to help non-LGBT employees across the club support an LGBT-inclusive culture.
Manchester United have announced a partnership with LGBT+ charity Stonewall on Tuesday
MD Richard Arnold (left) said he was ‘immensely proud’ of United’s relationship with Stonewall
Manchester United will also participate in Stonewall’s Workplace Allies programme
United became the first football club to join Stonewall’s TeamPride coalition in 2017 and have supported its Rainbow Laces campaign, as well as launching its first LGBT+ Supporters’ group, Rainbow Devils, last year.
The new partnership will add to United’s wider commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion through its award-winning All Red All Equal campaign, which has challenged hate crime and discrimination on social media, and promoted mental health awareness and gender equality.
Richard Arnold, United’s group managing director, said: ‘We’re immensely proud of our relationship with Stonewall and delighted to be taking it to the next level with this strategic partnership. Diversity is a source of strength for Manchester United and ensuring a welcoming environment for LGBT+ employees and fans is a crucial part of that.
‘We’re committed to making equality, diversity and inclusion integral to the way we work and this partnership with Stonewall will help us achieve that important goal, building on the range of other initiatives we have under way as part of our All Red All Equal campaign.’
Nancy Kelley, chief executive of Stonewall, said: ‘It’s so important for organisations to actively work towards making sport everyone’s game.
United supported the Rainbow Laces campaign and launched its first LGBT+ supporters’ group
‘Many LGBT+ people want to take part in sport, either as players or fans, but at the moment not everyone feels welcome. We also know that most sports fans want to see sports be better and more inclusive.
‘To make this happen, we need individuals and organisations to step up to show their support for LGBT+ people and that’s what Manchester United has done today.
‘We’re excited to continue our journey with them from being a founding member of TeamPride, to now joining us as a Diversity Champion. We look forward to working with them to help further LGBT+ equality in football.’