Mastercard recognised by Stonewall as a Top 100 Employer for LGBTQ+ people

February 23, 2022 | London, UK
  • Mastercard ranked in Stonewall list of Top 100 Employers for LGBTQ+ people and received a Gold Award for commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusion
  • Stonewall’s Top 100 employers List ranks organisations on their efforts and commitment to creating welcoming environments for their lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer staff.
  • Organisations are ranked by a set of standardised criteria, which includes ensuring HR policies are inclusive of LGBTQ+ people, as well as supporting and celebrating LGBTQ+ identities at work

Mastercard has received an accolade for its commitment to inclusion of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people in the workplace.

As part of Stonewall’s Bring Yourself To Work, the LGBTQ+ equality charity, has published it’s Top 100 Employers List, awarding a series of Gold, Silver and Bronze awards to organisations to celebrate their inclusion work. The charity will also be highlighting the importance of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people, and the life-changing impact of being able to bring your whole self to work.  

This year, Mastercard was placed Stonewall’s Top 100 Employers list. For the last twenty years, Stonewall, the world’s second-largest LGBTQ+ charity, has been supporting employers to create welcoming workplaces for lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer people.

According to the charity’s research, more than a third of LGBTQ+ staff (35 per cent) hide who they are at work, while one in five (18 per cent) have been the target of negative comments because they’re LGBTQ+.

Through hard work and commitment to inclusion, including Trans awareness, building allyship and expanding True Name, Mastercard has also received special recognition with a Gold award.

Liz Ward, Director of Programmes at Stonewall (she/her) said:

‘It’s fantastic that Mastercard has gained a Gold Award for their efforts and commitment to creating an inclusive work environment, and we look forward to seeing and supporting the rest of their inclusion journey.’ 

‘We spend much of our time at work, and our career can be a huge part of how we define ourselves. That’s why it’s vital that every single lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer person feels like they can be themselves in their workplace.’

The full Top 100 list this year can be found on the Stonewall website, as well as further information about the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion, and more information on how the Top 100 list is created.

About Stonewall

Stonewall is the UK’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, working to create a world where every lesbian, gay, bi, trans and queer person is free to be themselves – wherever they are.    

It was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. Stonewall continues to campaign on LGBT Equality, as well as work with employers and schools to create environments which allow LGBTQ+ people to thrive.    

For more information on Stonewall’s work with organisations, through it’s Diversity Champions programme, and some of the press coverage during summer 2021 please see our FAQs here.

To get involved visit us at    Registered charity number 1101255  

About Mastercard (UK)

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.