January 28, 2016
Workplace Pride Foundation is very delighted to welcome LGBT Business Forum, Poland, as its newest Global Benchmark Partner.
LGBT Business Forum and Workplace Pride have already established a good working relationship as Co-organizers of the 2015 LGBT Workplace Symposium in Krakow. “Last year the basis for a great partnership was forged”, said David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director. “We are looking forward to working closely together towards our common goal of greater LGBT workplace inclusion.”
In addition to their own measurement tool, “Polish LGBT Market and Workplace Survey”, the LGBT Business offers diversity policy consultancy with a focus on LGBT employees and training workshops on basic LGBT information for management, employees and partners.
For more information about LGBT Business Forum, please click here.
For more information about the Polish LGBT Market and Workplace Survey, please click here.
For more information about the LGBT Business Forum training workshops, please click here.
January 22, 2016
Last night, Aegon and Workplace Pride co-hosted the “Stories of Love and Pride” event at Aegon’s Head Office in The Hague which was centered on key pieces from the thought provoking 2015 Pride Photo Award exhibition.
Mike Mansfield, Manager Retirement Research and Head of Aegon’s LGBT network Aegon Proud, opened the event and welcomed all attendees to enjoy the exhibition, organized by Aegon’s own employees as a reflection of the importance they place on diversity.
Roelie van Wijk, CEO TKP Investments, an independent operating business unit within Aegon and proud winner of the first Golden Stiletto Award in 2012 (awarded by the Dutch Association for Women in Institutional Pensions), gave an impassioned speech about gender issues and TKP Investments’ take on LGBT workplace inclusion.
Co-host David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director, took the opportunity to remind the attendees that we must take advantage of the momentum we are experiencing. “LGBT workplace inclusion is currently top of mind with our world leaders”, David said. “Even today, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke out against anti-LGBT countries at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where he urged the present businessmen that their positive attitude towards LGBT workplace inclusion will have an enormous impact in countries around the world.”
The presentation of the “Colorful Workplace” study, which was carried out by Hivos and authored by Levis Maina of Sullivan Marketing and facilitated by Workplace pride, closed the official part of the event. Hivos’ Fabienne Simenel gave a brief, but insightful, look into the study which details the role of multi-nationals in Kenya’s LGBT emancipation.
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For a video about the exhibition at Aegon, please click here
For the Colorful Workplaces Kenya study, please click here
January 15, 2016
Workplace Pride was honored to play an important role in the first in-house corporate conference held in Luxembourg dealing with LGBT workplace inclusion. The event, entitled “Addressing LGBT in the Workplace” took place on Tuesday, 12 January, was sponsored by Chartre Diversity Letzebuerg (Diversity Charter Luxembourg), hosted at the offices of BGL BNP Paribas and organized by IMS Luxembourg.
As a country, Luxembourg is quite advanced when it comes to LGBT inclusion in society, however, speaking about or visibly including the topic in the workplace is still something relatively new. This event addressed that very topic by taking a good hard look at what still needs to be done.
Opening the event was Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, who is openly gay and a proponent of more visibility for LGBT people in the workplace. Interestingly, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr. Xavier Bettel, is also gay, and is currently the only LGBT world leader.
Workplace Pride was represented by Executive Director, David Pollard, who delivered the keynote address entitled: “The Corporate World and LGBT, a World of Silence?”
Please find the picture report of the conference here.
January 14, 2016
Workplace Pride Foundation has launched the Workplace Pride Academy at their 2016 New Year’s Reception. The Academy is designed to provide professional training sessions for all types of organizations on the topic of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion at work. The Academy’s first training module, “LGBT inclusion in the workplace”, complements the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark Survey, which is the Foundation’s tool to measure global LGBT workplace inclusion.
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On Monday, January 11th, Workplace Pride held its 2016 New Year’s Reception at the UWV head office in Amsterdam. The evening was opened by UWV’s CEO Fred Paling, who gave a warm welcome to all attendees, followed by Lisette Kuyper from SCP (Sociaal Cultureel Planbureau) whose Transgender research paper captivated the audience.
David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director, focused on the Foundation’s activities in the year ahead. To name a few: the third edition of the Global Benchmark opens on May 2nd, the selection process for Chair Holder for the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University has started and the foundation has been selected as partner in a EU Commission’s LGBT Diversity Business Case study.
2016 also marks the 10th anniversary of the Foundation’s activities. A joyful occasion which will be celebrated during this year’s Workplace Pride International Conference at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam with the fitting theme “New Horizons for LGBT Workplace Inclusion: 10 Years of Progress and Pride”.
Another highlight of the evening was the launch of the Workplace Pride Academy, which has been designed to provide professional training sessions for all types of organizations on the topic of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion at work.
With a symbolic signing ceremony, two new members to the Foundation were announced: utility company Nuon and multi-national professional services firm EY.
Mark Emdin, Workplace Pride Chairman of the Board, closed the official part of the evening with the introduction of the two latest additions to the Foundations Board. Jen Janice, Director Enterprise Account Sales at UPS and Fraser Morel, Knowledge & Information Manager at Clifford Chance.
With many exciting activities ahead and with the support of old and new friends, Workplace Pride is looking forward to an inspiring and successful 2016.
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January 11, 2016
Workplace Pride is very excited to announce that Nuon and EY are the first new members of 2016! At the Foundation’s New Year’s Reception on Monday January 11, both companies took part in a ‘symbolic’ signing ceremony.
Utility company Nuon is the Dutch subsidiary of Swedish giant Vattenfall, one of Europe’s largest generators of electricity. As a diversity front runner with a strong integrity policy that aims to hold employees and suppliers alike to the highest standard of ethical conduct, Nuon underlined their aim for integrity by joining Workplace Pride to ensure an inclusive workplace for their LGBT employees.
For more information about LGBT inclusion at Nuon, write to: Ronald Stahli
A multi-national professional services firm, EY already has a solid history of workplace inclusion. On a global level, they have implemented policies and practices to protect and support LGBT staff. In their own words: “We are committed to providing an inclusive work environment, where individuals are respected for the skills and talents they contribute and the impact they make. As such, we have initiatives geared toward our lesbian, gay,
bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people and their allies.” In addition to having a thriving LGBT employee network, EY sponsors LGBT events and offers benefits to LGBT employees. “It is inspiring to see the
variety of industries currently represented in the foundation”, said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride. “It solidifies the notion that LGBT workplace inclusion is becoming the norm instead of the exception. Nuon and EY are welcome additions to our ever growing family. We could not have hoped for a better start of the year”.
For more information about LGBT inclusion at EY, write to: Monic Zents
January 8, 2016
I would like to start with thanking you, our members and allies, for your contribution to the progress and achievements of the Workplace Pride Foundation! Without your ongoing support and encouragement we would not be able to achieve our quest for LGBT inclusive workplaces around the world.
2015 has been a great year for the Foundation. We have welcomed five new member organizations and have seen the number of employees represented in our Global Benchmark Survey grow to a staggering 2.4 million. Alongside the International Conference held in Amsterdam, the Foundation was organizing partner for LGBT workplace inclusion events in Prague and Krakow.
While we should certainly celebrate our successes, now is not the time to become complacent. Although we have seen attitudes and laws among societies and employers change in 2015 (e.g. Marriage Equality Acts in the US and Ireland, an unprecedented visibility of transgender people in the media and Fortune 500 companies showing their support through commercials and other communication outlets), there is still a long way to go before we reach LGBT inclusion.
2016 marks the 10th anniversary of our activities. We will celebrate this throughout the year including during our Annual International Conference at the Beurs van Berlage in Amsterdam on July 29th. Stay tuned also for the 3rd Global Benchmark Survey, the launch of Workplace Pride Academy’s training program, and participation in the EU Commission’s “Business Case for Diversity” project. Another exciting year ahead!
Thank you again for all your support and wishing you the best for 2016!
On behalf of the Workplace Pride Team,
Executive Director, Workplace Pride
The Foundation is growing rapidly! In 2015, five new organizations joined Workplace Pride: Leading member Booking.com, Foundation members Ikea, Hoogheemraadschap van Delftland, Randstad and the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. These new members represent three new sectors and 2.8 employees, worldwide.
Annual International Conference
In June, Workplace Pride held its Annual International Conference at the Zuidas in Amsterdam. Keynote speakers were Rik van de Westelaken, reporter and anchorman for Dutch national television station NOS, and Randy Berry, U.S. State Department Special Envoy for LGBT Human Rights. The conference, which was themed ‘The Value of Being Connected’ was attended by nearly 250 participants. READ MORE
Global Benchmark 2015
With 21 participants representing 2.4 million employees, the 2015 Workplace Pride Global Benchmark set a new standard for international LGBT workplace inclusion. For the second time in a row, IBM led the top 10 scores worldwide, followed by BNP Paribas, Shell, Dow, Cisco, Daimler, KPN, ING, Sodexo and PostNL. The 2015 Global Benchmark also attracted new international partners and again worked together with Leiden University for validation of research and results. READ MORE
Leadership Awards Gala
On October 29th, Workplace Pride hosted the Leadership Awards Gala. The event, held at the W hotel in Amsterdam, was co-organized with Winq Magazine and attracted nearly 200 participants. The Foundation honored those organizations and individuals who have stood out in putting LGBT workplace inclusion on the agenda as well as announced the Global Benchmark 2015 winners.
Organizing partners in international workplace inclusion events
For the first time, Workplace Pride has been an organizing partner in two workplace inclusion events. The Business Pride Forum in Prague, Czech Republic was co-organized with Prague Pride and IBM. And the LGBT Workplace Symposium in Krakow, Poland was co-organized with the LGBT Business Forum and hosted by Shell.
More 2015 highlights
* 2015 New Year’s Reception at Leiden University
* New Foundation website
* Foundation Chair at Leiden University
* Workplace Pride is media partner in KPN’s Pride Stream Boat
* Workplace Pride celebrated Amsterdam Gay Pride with members at the Amstel viewing Gallery
* Aegon and PostNL won the National Coming Out Day contest
* Young@Workplacepride membership kicks off
* Shell’s Graham Sparks and Accenture’s Ellen van Essen join the Workplace Pride Advisory Board
* An LGBT delegation of the University of Tokyo visited Workplace Pride
* Workplace Pride and Accenture work on a Panel in the LGBT Panel at the World Economic Forum
* Workplace Pride assists Hivos in a Kenyan LGBT Workplace Study
* Workplace Pride became media partner of the international LGBT forum ‘Pride and Prejudice’, organized by the Economist. The event will take place in March 2016 in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong.