March 28, 2015
Workplace Pride assists Hivos in a Kenyan LGBT Workplace Study among Multinational Corporations
In the last month, Workplace Pride assisted Sullivan Marketing in a study, contracted by Hivos Foundation, about LGBT workplace diversity among multinational corporations in Kenya. Sullivan Marketing is an LGBT-led integrated marketing communications & research consulting firm based in Nairobi.
The purpose of the study is to protect LGBT employees in their workplaces, create safe, non-discriminatory work environments and promote policies that appreciate diversity as a business competitive edge.
The value of this study is created by the development of policies, the collection and distribution of best practices, the strengthening of Hivos’ human rights mission by gathering knowledge, offering the media a topic of conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and creating a platform for intellectual enquiry for further research.
Workplace Pride was a supporting partner in this study and the following members in Kenya assisted in the study: IBM, Shell, Cisco, KLM, McKinsey & Co, Dow Chemicals.
The Report will be launched & disseminated by end of March 2015.
March 24, 2015
In 2014 Workplace Pride successfully launched the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark. With 19 participating organizations, the benchmark gave employers an opportunity to assess the impact and effectiveness of their LGBT inclusion policies and practices against the 100% ideal workplace situation as determined by peer-based employers and the LGBT-community.
In 2015 we will build on this success with an improved benchmark. To achieve this a focus group was held on the 18th of March at the office of Foundation member NautaDutilh in Amsterdam bringing together representatives from Cisco, NautaDutilh, ING, Sodexo, Dow, BNP Paribas, IBM, Daimler and Shell. The purpose was to gather their feedback on the 2014 benchmark and discuss ideas and opportunities for improvement.
The importance of the international focus of the benchmark was reinforced with focus group participants coming from The Netherlands, Germany, France and United Kingdom.
Our aim is to have more organizations participating in 2015 learning from each other and collectively improving the workplace for LGBT employees.
Many thanks go out to NautaDutilh for hosting this meeting at their beautiful office and we are looking forward to another successful year for the Global Benchmark!
1 May : Launch of the 2015 Global Benchmark
1 August : Deadline for completing and submitting 2015 responses
Date to be confirmed in October : Announcements of 2015 Global Benchmark results
March 6, 2015
Workplace Pride hosted a two-day program this week for University of Tokyo undergraduate students studying sexual minorities and social participation. The program was part of a week-long study visit arranged together with Dr. Kai Jonas from the University of Amsterdam.
The first day of the two-day program which was held in the Amsterdam Public Library, consisted of an overview of Workplace Pride, which bridges the gap between employers and the LGBT community (by David Pollard) plus the practical experiences of two of our members; Shell (Mark Emdin) and IBM (Marijn Pijnenburg). Lonneke van den Honnard, Director of IHLIA, who kindly hosted the venue at the Library, explained the importance of recording LGBT history and concluded with a tour of the IHLIA facilities.
Day two brought in LGBT community members COC and Amsterdam Gay Pride and was kindly hosted by the strong LGBT community supporter; Lloyd Hotel. Susanne te Braak gave a compelling account of COC’s role in ensuring the lasting and accurate inclusion of LGBT topics in schools, while Irene Hemelar explained the societal role of the Amsterdam Gay Pride and the Canal Parade.
Ms. Kikue Sakaguchi, Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo was instrumental in reaching out to Workplace Pride for this program and coordinating its activities.
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March 2, 2015
John Kerry names first special envoy LGBT rights
On Monday, February 23, 2015, Secretary of State John Kerry formally announced that Randy Berry has been named the U.S.’s first special envoy for the human rights of LGBT persons. The ceremony took place last Friday February 27, in the Benjamin Franklin room at the U.S. Department of State. Workplace Pride was represented at the event by its Executive Director, David Pollard.
Before being named to this post, Randy Berry served as U.S. Consul General in The Netherlands. Previously, he has held other diplomatic positions from Nepal to New Zealand, from Uganda to Bangladesh, from Egypt to South Africa.
In a statement announcing the appointment, Kerry said: “Defending and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons is at the core of our commitment to advancing human rights globally – the heart and conscience of our diplomacy. That’s why we’re working to overturn laws that criminalize consensual same-sex conduct in countries around the world.” LGBT rights have become an increasingly important part of U.S. foreign policy, since former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, prioritized the issue. Here is the full statement from John Kerry.
Workplace Pride is very happy with this new development. David Pollard:”This historic event demonstrates that LGBT inclusion in society is still a work in progress all around the world. Workplace Pride intends to work closely with the new Special Envoy to ensure that LGBT people in the workplace are part of this equation”.
See John Kerry’s ceremony speech here.