June 25, 2014
Here are highlights of the Workplace Pride Leadership Awards on June 20th, 2014 in the Nieuwe Kerk, The Hague:
What an exciting event it was! Click on the images below to get a better idea of the 8th Annual Workplace Pride International Conference held at Shell Headquarters in The Hague on June 20th, 2014.
June 24, 2014
Workplace Pride’s 2014 international conference set a new standard for both the foundation and looking at LGBT workplace inclusion on global scale. Attended by over 200 delegates from private and public sectors, and from many different nations, the event covered topics that push the boundary of how LGBT people can and should be more included in diverse environments around the world.
Highlights of the event held at Shell’s global head office in the Hague, included:
- Keynote address by Lord Browne, former BP CEO who related his own personal account of what it was like to separate his LGBT- life from his working self for over 40 years. Lord Browne detailed events and stories that can be found in his new book, “The Glass Closet”, a copy of which was given to all conference participants.
- Keynote address by Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the first flag officer of the USA military to publicly admit to being LGBT. In a touching account of working under the policy known as ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’, General Smith related her own struggle to combine her passion for serving her country with her commitment to be true to herself and her partner.
- Keynote address by Minister Frans Timmermans, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs who gave an impassioned speech about the inclusion of LGBT people in society and at work. In expressing his support for LGBT people and the work that Workplace Pride is doing, Minister Timmerman’s surprised the audience with the announcement that his own ministry would join Workplace Pride as its 38 member.
- Launching of the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark, by Boris Dittrich and David Pollard, initiated the first true measurement instrument for LGBT workplace inclusion policies and practices. Click here for more information on the Global Benchmark
- New Members, New Signers: Four new members to the Foundation: Clifford Chance, Aegon, Liander and Viacom took the opportunity to officially sign their membership agreements at the conference while Elsevier signed the Declaration of Amsterdam.
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June 23, 2014
Workplace Pride’s 2014 Leadership Awards winners were announced during a festive dinner at the Nieuwe Kerk in the Hague following the Foundation’s International Conference. City of the Hague’s Alderman Rabin Baldeswingh’s opened the evening with a surprise statement that the city would be the first municipality to take part in the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark. This pace of excitement continued throughout the evening with the presentation of the Leadership Awards and included a brilliant performance by opera singer/comedienne Francis Van Broekhuizen who put an LGBT twist on classic humor and professional opera favorites.
Winners for the 2014 awards were:
Most Effective Straight Ally: Simone Buitendijk, Leiden University
- For her outstanding role in bringing awareness of LGBT workplace inclusion to Leiden University (click here to see article at Leiden University)
Most Active Volunteer: Ben Ehlting, UWV
- For his loyal, persistent, and tireless commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion, both inside and outside of UWV
Best Media Representation: Gemeente Den Haag
- For it unique and effective campaign: “Haagse Ambtenaren massaal uit de kast” (click here to see press release from Den Haag)
Most Engaged Network: PwC
- For their collective support and volunteer commitment of LGBT initiatives internally, externally in the LGBT community and with Workplace Pride
Ambassador Award: Claudia Brind-Woody
- For her outstanding role as a champion for LGBT workplace inclusion, both within her own organization, but also to top executives and communities around the world.
June 20, 2014
Today, Workplace Pride launched its new Global Benchmark at its 2014 International Conference in the Hague. The Benchmark was launched by Human Rights Watch LGBT Advocacy Director Boris Dittrich and Workplace Pride Executive Director, David Pollard.
Employers wishing to take part in the Benchmark Survey can register via the link below. Once on the registration page, an introductory message explains how the Benchmark functions and what participants need to do to take part. For additional about the Benchmark, click here:
June 19, 2014
Viacom International Media Networks, the parent of MTV, Comedy Central and Paramount, among other media brands, has joined Workplace Pride as its 37th member. Viacom joins at an exciting time for the foundation, just before the international conference and the launch of the Global Benchmark set to measure LGBT workplace inclusion among international employers.
It is also exciting though as Viacom will be the first Workplace Pride member from the entertainment media sector.
Jeroen van Ingen , VP Finance & Operations and Executive Champion of Viacom’s LGBT network ‘Emerge’ for Northern Europe, said: “We are proud at Viacom to be part of the important and timely movement toward greater acceptance of LGBT people in the workplace. As a media company we are aware of the power of messaging and ours is that Viacom is a great place for LGBT people to work! But also, and just as importantly, that we embrace LGBT people in our core business” .
Mr. van Ingen, will be signing the Workplace Pride Membership agreement at the Foundations 8th annual international conference to be held on 20 June in the Hague.
For more information on the event, see: www.workplacepride-conference.org
For more information about Viacom’s LGBT activities, please write to: Jaco.Peeringa@vimn.com
June 18, 2014
In the run-up to its 8th annual international conference, Workplace Pride is proud to announce that Aegon, one of the leading insurance companies in the Netherlands and indeed the world, has joined Workplace Pride. Aegon’s joining underlines the strong support of LGBT workplace inclusion policies and practices in the financial services industries, which is well represented in the Foundation.
’Joining Workplace Pride takes Aegon to a new level with its outreach to all of its diverse employees and clients, particularly those among the LGBT community’ , said Marc van Weede, Global Head of Strategy and Sustainability, Member of Management Committee Aegon N.V. ‘By making our support for LGBT inclusion in the workplace public in this way, our message is that Aegon is not just an inclusive place to work, but that we also strive to understand the needs of all of our employees and clients in today’s constantly changing society’
Mr. van Weede will officially sign the membership agreement at the Workplace Pride International Conference on 20 June.
Click here for more details about the conference: www.workplacepride-conference.org
For more information about Aegon’s LGBT activities contact: Mike.Mansfield@aegon.com
June 17, 2014
Workplace Pride is pleased to announce the nominees for it’s 2014 Leadership Awards. For the 3rd year in a row, the Foundation is highlighting the excellent work done by the nominees and countless others, most of whom are volunteers. This year’s nominees have shown exceptional dedication and commitment to improving LGBT inclusion in the workplace, both internally and externally.
Winners will be announced at the Leadership Awards Dinner to be held at the Nieuwe Kerk in the Hague. There is still room available for those who would like to take part in the dinner. The price is €50.- for a 3 course dinner with drinks and entertainment and you can register via the conference website: www.workplacepride-conference.org
Leadership Award Category: (names are in alphabetical order)
Most Active Volunteer
- Ben Ehlting: UWV
- Javier Leonor: Accenture
- Robert Loesberg: PwC
Most Effective Straight Ally
- Simone Buitendijk: Leiden University
- Carol Cameron: Shell
- Paula Ortic: Workplace Pride
Best Media Representation
- Gemeente Den Haag: “Haagse ambtenaren massaal uit de kast” campaign
- IBM: LGBT Annual Reports
- ING: “Orange is being yourself” campaign
Most Engaged Network
June 13, 2014
KPN Pride made good use of their company’s corporate sponsorship of the world-famous Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam by arranging a guided tour for Workplace Pride members. The well-attended event not only gave participants the opportunity to see the newly-renovated museum in all its glory, but also was yet another chance for Workplace Pride members to network.
The tour was followed by the monthly Workplace Pride drink in Amsterdam. Young@Workplace Pride, the foundation’s program for younger LGBT people in the workplace, gave a presentation at the drink of their own plans for the upcoming year. This includes a workshop they will be leading at the 8th annual international conference, which will be held this year at Shell’s global Headquarters in the Hague.
June 10, 2014
Workplace Pride is pleased to announce that Liander, one of the largest utilities in the Netherlands, has joined the Foundation.
Although new to Workplace Pride, Liander already has a well-developed LGBT approach in the workplace. Their LGBT employee network (PRIDE) has the term “Idereen zichzelf” (everyone themselves) as part of their branding.To bring this home, Liander PRIDE undertook a campaign internally that being able to be oneself at work, including if you are LGBT, is what they really want to achieve. (see photos)
Liander will formally join the Foundation at Workplace Pride’s 2014 Annual International Conference to be held on June 20th at Shell’s Head Office in The Hague.
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