January 23, 2015
Leiden University’s campus in the Hague was the venue for the 2015 Workplace Pride New year’s Reception yesterday evening 22 January.
Despite delays with trains and frigid weather, the room was filled with representatives of Workplace Pride’s members, Leiden University’s faculty, staff and students, plus a number of external guest coming from throughout the country.
Leiden University Vice Rector and host of the Event, Simone Buitendijk spoke of the ongoing challenges in the academic world for diversity in general and LGBT inclusion specifically. She applauded the progress that has been made though and called for even greater cooperation among institutions and organizations to keep LGBT inclusion in the workplace on the agenda. As a good sign of what the University is undertaking on this topic, have a look at their own version of the famous, ‘it gets better’ videos created by LUC Diversity: Click here to see video
Workplace Pride Executive Director, David Pollard outlined the plans for the Foundation in the coming year highlighting:
- Opening of the Global Benchmark 2015 Survey on 15 May
- 2015 Conference opening reception at Clifford Chance on 25 June
- 2015 International Conference on Gustav Mahlerplein in Amsterdam on 26 June
- Amsterdam Pride activities in the week before and on 1 August
- Awards dinner at the end of October: Leadership Awards/National Coming Out Day contest winner/Highest scorer on the 2015 Global Benchmark
And closed with the announcement of 3 new members to the Foundation: Nauta Dutilh, The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Randstad
Speaking on behalf of the Leiden University Pride, Madelaine van Mackelenbergh gave an inspiring account of the work of the university’s LGBT network and in particular, how they will be helping to change policies regarding diversity. They will also be advising other communities on how to improve their inclusivity for LGBT people.
One of the highlights of the evening was the both fascinating and entertaining presentation of Kees van Waaldijk, Professor of Sexual Orientation Law at Leiden University. Through a series of moving ‘bubbles’ on a graph, Professor Waaldijk demonstrated his research dealing with the correlation of LGBT rights legislation around the world and various factors including GDP and geographical location. This fascinating presentation struck a cord with many Workplace Pride members for possible application within their own organizations. For more information regarding the presentation, please contact Professor Waaldijk directly at: email@example.com
The evening closed with a toast to the promising, yet challenging year ahead for LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
Highlights of the 2015 Workplace Pride Reception:
January 14, 2015
Every year in January, nearly 2,600 world leaders, CEOs, heads of nonprofits, leading academics, and journalists from more than100 countries gather in Davos, Switzerland for the World Economic Forum annual meeting. This forum – more simply known as “Davos” – is one of the most highly visible and prestigious meetings of its kind and generates an enormous amount of media attention. The delegates at Davos debate some of the most important issues shaping our world today. One of these issues this year is inclusion and leveraging the power of diversity.
Embracing an inclusive culture that supports diverse talent is fundamental now to how companies compete successfully in the global marketplace. And yet while the number of companies supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace internationally has grown tremendously in the past decade, LGBT is a relatively new topic in the C-suite.
At Davos, Accenture is hosting a panel discussion with business leaders to shine a spotlight on the LGBT workforce and the challenges companies encounter across their global operations. The panel, moderated by CNN anchor Richard Quest, will discuss:
- Why is LGBT on the radar now in the corporate suite – e.g. with Tim Cook of Apple recently coming out
- What effect does diversity have on attracting top talent?
- Not all countries are in the same place when it comes to LGBT equality – what challenges does this pose for international organizations?
- What’s the best way to groom future leaders?
Workplace Pride has been working with its member Accenture behind the scenes with a number of aspects regarding the panel. Given the topic, which is of interest to all Workplace Pride members, we encourage you to watch the LGBT Panel’s live broadcast from Davos. This will also be a ‘low-threshold’ eye-opener for many of your colleagues/managers who may not be familiar with the topic of LGBT inclusion at work. Learn more about the panel and download a calendar invite for the event.
Thursday, January 22 at 4:00PM CET
Improving the State of the LGBT Workforce
Richard Quest, CNN
Beth A. Brooke-Marciniak, Global Vice Chair, Public Policy, E&Y
Antonio Simoes, Chief Executive Officer, UK. HSBC Bank plc
Sander v. T. Noordende, Group CEO, Accenture
The session will be recorded and available for replay at www.accenture.com/LGBTBroadcast on January 26th
January 5, 2015
January 2, 2015
2014 has been a pivotal year for Workplace Pride. Important steps were taken to help expand the message that LGBT workplace inclusion around the world is still very much a ‘work-in-progress’. More employers now understand that a truly diverse workplace can be realized and that it is a benefit to their overall operations, not to mention how they are viewed in society. Likewise, governments are increasingly aware that they need to be just as much in the lead with their efforts as private industry is when it comes to this topic.
Workplace Pride has worked hard this past year to achieve this and we are proud to highlight a number of our accomplishments below, plus give you a peek at the exciting agenda for 2015.
Global Benchmark: After several years of preparation, Workplace Pride’s first Global Benchmark was launched during the Annual International Conference in June. The Global Benchmark was created in corporation with Leiden University, both private and public sector employers, as well as with the international LGBT community. Its purpose is to measure and bridge the gap between global LGBT policies and local implementation. Top scorers for the 2014 Global Benchmark were IBM, Dow Chemical, BNP Paribas, Shell and Cisco Systems. For more information about the Global Benchmark, measurements and results, please visit here.
Growing members and reach: With nearly 40 members (major employers), Workplace Pride now reaches more than 2.5 million employees around the world with the message of greater LGBT workplace inclusion. Members who joined in 2014 are: Leiden University, Aegon, Clifford Chance, Viacom, Liander and Sodexo.
Annual Conference puts WPP on global map: The 2014 Annual Conference hosted at Shell’s global headquarters in the Hague, has truly put Workplace Pride on the global map. The event featured important keynote speakers such as Dutch Minister of Foreign affairs Frans Timmermans, Former British Petroleum CEO Lord Browne, and Brigadier General Tammy Smith from the USA military. The focus of the conference was the clear need for greater LGBT workplace inclusion internationally. Visit this page for more information about the 2014 Conference.
Young@workplacepride – got off to a great start in 2014. The group, consisting of employees of Workplace Pride members that are less than 35 years old, created and led its own workshop at the International Conference, manned a booth at the LGBT Roze Zaterdag in Eindhoven, and took part in a number of other content and social events. Young@workplacepride’s goal is to increase visibility for young LGBT people in the workplace. For more information write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
New partnerships: Several new partnerships were formed over the last year with organizations that complement our work. International partnerships dealing primary with the roll-out of the Global Benchmark include: l’ Autre Cercle (France), Pride in Diversity (Australia), Prout at Work (Germany), the COC (Netherlands) and Edge (Italy). New Local partnerships with Leiden University, the Dutch Ministry of Social and Work Affairs, Pride Photo Award and the Aids Memorial Amsterdam, helped leverage the Workplace Pride message nationally.
The role of networking: Many networking events helped to share knowledge and increase the breadth of the Foundation’s messaging. Some of the many events in 2014 were: New Year’s reception at The Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, KLM hangar tour, KPN tour of the Rijksmuseum, Pre-conference reception at the United States Ambassador’s residence, Amsterdam Pride Boat and Onshore activities, Clifford Chance Symposium & Exposition, Viacom tour & reception and the McKinsey event for LGBT executives.
ANBI status granted: In November, Workplace Pride was granted the ANBI status by the Dutch government. This status, which means that gifts and other donations to the foundation are now tax free, is only granted to those organizations that demonstrate consistency in their goals, programs and structure over a number of years.
A new, professional, house-style was implemented, increasing the consistency and legitimacy of the Foundation’s message. To download all brochures and flyers, please visit our website.
The Foundation has big plans for 2015! Some of these include:
Increasing member benefits: Workplace Pride will introduce a new member’s structure in 2015. In addition to the basic Foundation Member level, two new levels, Foundation ‘Partner’ and ‘Leader’ will be created. These will include higher levels of benefits, such as on-site training, and expanded Global Benchmark evaluations. The existing basic level of Foundation Membership will continue to include all existing benefits and will be enhanced in 2015 with additional benefits such as a member’s only section on the website. For more information on the new membership structure, write to email@example.com
Acquire new and strengthen existing partnerships: LGBT workplace inclusion does not evolve in a vacuum. To foster progress, Workplace Pride will continue to create strategic partnerships on the local and international levels. This includes greater cooperation with national and international sector-based industry connections, such as the legal sector, engineering, IT, Municipal governments, etc. If your organization is interested in a strategic partnership with Workplace Pride, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org
Progressing the LGBT Workplace Agenda: Workplace Pride will continue to promote and develop research for LGBT workplace topics in 2015. Based in part on the outcome of the Global Benchmark, new best practices will be identified allowing organizations and public policy makers around the world to make informed decisions that positively impact the lives of LGBT people at work.
Global Benchmark: The Global Benchmark will be slightly updated for 2015 to make it more user-friendly and to ensure greater reach and impact. This important tool will continue to be promoted around the world and will provide participating organizations with individual reports on how they are progressing with LGBT inclusion in their own workplaces.
Events: Many networking events, conferences and awards are on the agenda for next year. A few of these are the New Years reception on the 22nd of January and activities connected with Amsterdam Pride on 1 August. For 2015, the Leadership Award Dinner, traditionally held after the international conference, will be combined in a single event with the National Coming Out Day Contest and the announcement of the Global Benchmark results. The event is tentatively scheduled for the end of October or early November.
The prime event of 2015, however, will be Workplace Pride’s Annual International Conference. The conference will be held on Friday, 26 June at the Zuidas business district in Amsterdam. It is being organized with the close cooperation of Accenture and other major employers located at the Zuidas. With the theme “The Value of Being Connected”, this conference will examine all aspects of LGBT workplace inclusion from supplier diversity, to top-level efforts at cross-border LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
For more information on any aspect of Workplace Pride’s Activities, please write to: email@example.com