January 31, 2012
January 20, 2012
Yesterday, January 19 was an important day in the history of LGBT visibility in the workplace in Europe!
A wonderful New Year’s reception was hosted at the Head Offices of Accenture, Netherlands in Amsterdam. Attended by more than150 people, and overlooking the nighttime skyline of Amsterdam, the view was only matched by the excitement of the obvious commitment by everyone present to improve the workplace for LGBT people throughout Europe.
Highlights of the evening included speeches by Anja Montijn-Groenewoud, Managing Director Accenture Netherlands and Harry van Dorenmalen, Chairman IBM Europe. Outgoing CPP Chairman Paul Overdijk of Post NL, who will be taking on the role of Co-Chair of Workplace Pride’s Advisory Board along with Claudia Woody of IBM, detailed the accomplishments of the Company Pride Platform in 2011. Paul also outlined the role and importance of the Declaration of Amsterdam.
The New Year’s reception also saw the final appearance of the Company Pride Platform name. Although sad for some, the CPP is making way for a name that more completely embodies our new scope which includes people in all LGBT workplaces. Along side LGBT people in companies, the new name embraces those in governments and other organizations, as well as including a more international outreach. The CPP’s work will be continued under the new name of “Workplace Pride” by helping all those concerned about creating more visibility for LGBT people in the workplace.
Signers of the Declaration of Amsterdam!
Just as memorable as the organization’s new name was the signing of the Declaration of Amsterdam by 11 major employers in the Netherlands. With a combined staff of nearly 2 million employees worldwide, this is the clearest signal yet that major companies and governmental organizations are willing and ready to work closely with their own LGBT staffs, NGO’s such as Workplace Pride, and even with their competitors to ensure a better workplace for LGBT people. For more information regarding the signing of the Declaration of Amsterdam, click on the In the Spotlight article Declaration of Amsterdam.
Be watching for photos of the New Year’s reception which will be place on the website soon.
Eleven Major Organizations sign the Declaration of Amsterdam
Workplace Pride is proud to announce that 11 organizations (see below) have signed the Declaration of Amsterdam during it’s 2012 New Year’s Reception. The Declaration of Amsterdam is the first step in creating a real, measurable improvement in the workplace for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender employees (LGBT). It calls upon employers, employees, unions, and governments to work together to develop a measurable benchmark for a gay-friendly workplace. The declaration was announced on 1 July 2011 at Workplace Pride’s (then operating under the name of Company Pride Platform) 5th International LGBT Business Conference in Amsterdam and was directed to all employers, employees, unions and governments in Europe.
Although apprearing after the Press Release which announced 10 signers, TNT Express also signed the Declaration, making it the 11th organziation to do so. Other organizations are invited to sign the Declaration of Amsterdam and can contact Workplace Pride for more information. Organizations themselves are responsible for implementing the 10 points of the Declaration of Amsterdam. However, as a complement to its Declaration, and using that document as a starting point, Workplace Pride will develop an international benchmark which will measure LGBT inclusiveness in workplaces everywhere in the world.
Left to Right: Anja Montijn-Groenewoud (Accenture), Hans Dijkman (Philips), Tanja Ineke (UWV), Ellen Faber (Achmea), Harry van Dorenmalen (IBM), Marja Zonnevylle (Shell), Rabin Baldewsingh (Gemeente Den Haag), Sarah Keizer (ING), Coks Stoffer (Cisco), Joris Oudenhuijzen (TNT Express)
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