January 24, 2011
The 2011 Company Pride Platform New Year’s Reception, held on 20 Jan., welcomed a full room of participants from many CPP Members, but also from non-Member companies, organizations and groups. Hosted by PwC in their new Amsterdam office, the reception featured OUT executives and officials, Lylian Collier, Board Member of PWC Tax, Commandeur Henk Itizig-Heine, Head of HR for the Dutch Military and Paul Overdijk, Chairman CPP and TNT Executive as speakers. Both Collier and Itizig-Heine stressed the importance of an open and accepting working environment that allows LGBT people to realize their own potential which, in turn benefits the organizations that they work for. Itizig-Heine also took this opportunity to announce that the Dutch Department of Defense will have its own boat in the 2011 Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade which is an important milestone for LGBT acceptance in the workplace.
Commandeur Henk Itizig-Heine address the 2011 CPP New Year’s Reception
CPP Chairman Overdijk gave an overview of the accomplishments of the CPP in 2010 including its LGBT International Business Conference and a specific event devoted to Lesbians. He concluded the official part of the program with the launching of the new and updated CPP Website. David Pollard, CPP Executive Director demonstrated the website’s functionality which includes an event calendar, a “Job” menu item, and special links highlighting Lesbian and Transgender issues. “This new site will become a focal point for the CPP as it demonstrates not only the progress we have made over the past 4 years, but also the potential that this foundation and the LGBT community can realize when we all work together”, said Pollard.
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January 14, 2011
Recognizing that LGBT people work in many different types of environments and situations, the CPP has enlarged the number of its membership categories from 2 to 4. Our original Membership categories of ‘Corporate’ (LGBT employee networks in companies with more than 5,000 employees) and ‘Business’ (LGBT employee networks in companies with a maximum of 5,000 employees), have now been supplemented with ‘Entrepreneur’ and ‘Student’ Membership categories. These categories are designed to address the workplace issues of individuals who work in SME’s, and those of students who will soon join the workforce.
The CPP is proud to welcome our first Entrepreneur Member, Carolien van der Lagemaat. Carolien is the Chairman of the Transgender Network Netherlands, and is an active and vocal contributor to the LGBT workplace discussion.
When asked about her motivation for joining the CPP, Carolien said: “ In general, everything is possible career-wise as long as does not stand-out too much in the business you’re in. Stay inside the unwritten and sometimes written rules and you will be OK, (see for example what a certain Swiss Bank has done with their dress code lately!). But how will you do such a thing if you are transgender? Deny it; hide it to save your career? To have a network is of major importance for a successful transition. A network can give you good feedback where, and what the resistance is, and help you to overcome any significant problems during and after the transition. Minds have to be changed and you will set new rules. This is not unique to trans people. At one point, all LGBT’s will cross gender boundaries and have to deal with not staying inside the normative heterosexual binary rules. A network such as the CPP can provide you with knowledge on how to go about this, and sometimes help to overcome fears by others. It creates visibility and will therefore help emancipate the LGBT’s. This, and sharing my own knowledge is why I decided to join the CPP.”.
January 13, 2011
The Company Pride Platform is pleased to welcome its 17th Member and the first new Member of 2011, Arcadis. Arcadis is an international company that provides consultancy, design, engineering and management services in the fields of Infrastructure, Water, Environment and Buildings. It’s LGBT network, “The Pink Part” was only recently founded, but has already made it’s impact known and has gained the full support of the company’s management.
Co-Founder Bram Masseur says: “ Arcadis makes a true effort towards achieving greater diversity within the company and LGBT diversity is of-course part of that effort. We feel that an LGBT network is necessary because there are still many people that are in the closet at work. These colleagues cannot be 100% themselves at work resulting in less empathy for the company, more illness, and less productivity. Coming out of the closet simply works better for everyone and The Pink Part will help Arcadis promote this!”
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