British Library’s benefits cater for a diverse set of employees

Case Study: British Library

Employers which want to review their diversity policies should take a leaf out of the British Library’s book. Any benefits provided to heterosexual partners are also offered to same-sex partners – including survivor pensions. Sheila Hosangady, diversity manager, says: "Valuing diversity means we can attract the best people from the widest talent pool.

One of the best ways to appeal to a wide audience is to reflect the community it serves." The library’s employee assistance programme is open to family members, including same-sex partners; maternity, paternity and adoptive leave is offered to gay couples. "We keep up with good practice guidance from [the likes of] Stonewall and include views from lesbian, gay and bisexual [union] committees."