August 26, 2015
For the 5th year in a row, Pride Business Forum in Prague addressed the topic of LGBT workplace inclusion in the Czech Republic. The event was particularly successful and saw a turnout of nearly 200 participants. Highlights included a presentation by Lord John Browne and moderation by Evan Davis of the BBC.
What was striking though was that, despite the increasingly liberal and open environment for LGBT people in Prague, there is still much to be gained with creating workplaces where LGBT people can be themselves. A number of organizations cited obstacles with talking about your private life at all at work, with this seen as being a barrier to more LGBT people coming out of the closet. Likewise, while many international employers are making positive strides with LGBT inclusion, most Czech companies do not have the resources or motivation for such programs.
Despite the fact that there is clearly still work to be done, Pride Business Forum and the organizers of Prague Pride have made huge advances in bringing LGBT inclusion in society and in the workplace to the attention of the Czech population. Workplace Pride was honored to have been part of this event and is committed to helping our members and other LGBT-focused NGO’s make progress on this topic.
Finally, in addition to main sponsor IBM, we were happy to see delegates of Workplace Pride Member’s Sodexo, Arcadis and TNT at the event. Together we can make a huge difference!
For a selection of images from the event, click here.
August 5, 2015
Orange spirit was alive and well at Saturday’s 2015 Amsterdam Gay Pride Canal Parade with ING’s boat named the most beautiful of the 80 participating in the annual event.
The parade, saw ING colleagues from Armenia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, China, India, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Surinam, and Vietnam participating in the event. They celebrated 10 years of ING’s involvement in the Amsterdam Canal Parade. The theme of ING’s boat recognised the leadership the Netherlands took in 2001 as the first country in the world to make civil marriage available to all.
During Gay Pride the rainbow flag flew at head office buildings in Amsterdam and ING’s specially designed PINK ATMs were on display once again.
Martha McDevitt-Pugh, chair of Gala, ING’s network for LGBT employees and straight allies said “with Gay Pride we celebrate the freedom we enjoy in the Netherlands and at ING to be open about who we are and who we love. It’s moving and inspiring to do this together with ING colleagues from countries where it’s not easy to be openly gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender at work.”
ING was one of the first companies to participate in the Canal Parade in 2006. ING feels it’s important that every person has the right to be who he/she is. Additionally, we feel it’s a good thing that our employee base reflects society’s diversity.
ING has been a leader in LGBT workplace equality in the Netherlands since 2004 and was the first company to sign the Declaration of Amsterdam, a commitment to take leadership in creating a corporate culture where LGBT employees are valued, can be themselves and can realise their full potential.
Workplace Pride congratulates its member ING on this success as well as all of the other organizations that continue to put the topic of LGBT workplace inclusion on the agenda.
August 3, 2015
Workplace Pride is very pleased to welcome it’s new Global Benchmark partner, Parks – Liberi e Uguali (Free and Equal) of Italy. Parks’ unique name gets its inspiration from the American civil rights activists Rosa Parks, who fought courageously for the African American community’s legal rights in the 1960’s.
Parks, based in Milan, Italy, has many of the same objectives as Workplace Pride, but focuses primarily on the Italian Market. The organization has also developed a measurement tool call the GLBT Diversity Index which is designed for employers in Italy and can be seen as complementary to the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark.
“Parks and Workplace Pride work with many of the same international employers” said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride, “this is a strong sign that the momentum of LGBT workplace inclusion is strong and moving in the right direction.”
For more information about Parks, go to: www.parksdiversity.eu