May 31, 2016
Workplace Pride is pleased to announce that the 2016 Global Benchmark Survey is open for submissions!
This is the 3rd annual Workplace Pride Global Benchmark – an internationally recognized measurement tool designed to help employers achieve an inclusive workplace for their LGBT employees through effective policies and practices.
Workplace Pride strategically balances stability of the survey questions year-over-year, with changes to keep current with topics that are playing in the workplace for LGBT people. We have carefully listened to the voice of the LGBT community, to our Workplace Pride members and to Global Benchmark participants and have made only very few adjustments to the survey for 2016. This means that participants can track their progress, gauge effectiveness of their actions, and put plans in place to further advance.
“It’s been exhilarating to hear feedback from the community, members and participants, and to work with the Benchmark Advisory Team to incorporate the feedback into the 2016 survey. We are ready to go! I am looking forward to managing the submission, analysis and reporting process, and providing guidance to the participants where they need it”, says Brian Yothers, Global Benchmark Project Manager.
Get started now! The 2016 Global Benchmark is open for submissions from June 1st through August 16th.
Click here to Global Benchmark 2016
** If you open the survey and enter your organization and contact details, we will be better able to support you in your submission. You can go back at a later stage to complete the rest of the survey.
May 23, 2016
Workplace Pride and its Global Benchmark Partner, PAREA, invite you to the “Suriname Workplace Pride Conferentie” to be held in Paramaribo on 9 June 2016. This ground-breaking event will look at the situation of workplace diversity in general, and LGBT diversity specifically, in Suriname. Due to the many historical ties between Suriname and Netherlands this event will open many new avenues for discussion.
Workplace Pride Foundation Advisory Board Member and well-known LGBT activist, Boris Dittrich will be joined by the Foundation’s Executive Director David Pollard as speakers at the event that will also feature speakers from the Suriname Government, the largest private sector employer (Staatsolie) and from the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo.
Participation for the event is free. Interested parties can register via: Suriname2016.archives-workplacepride.org
May 17, 2016
2016 LGBT Rainbow Europe and Trans Rights Maps launched
On May 10-12, the Government of Denmark hosted in Copenhagen the 4th European IDAHO Forum, “Building Bridges and Alliances”, marking the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. The conference was visited by European ministers and governmental representatives, the European Commission, Council of Europe, ILGA-Europe and other important actors working for LGBT equality.
The IDAHO Forum focused primarily on LGBT people in the labor market and social acceptance of LGBT people. ILGA Europe used the occasion to launch its annual Rainbow Map of Europe, with Transgender Europe, doing the same for the Transgender community. Both maps point out the sometimes appalling conditions for LGBT people in Europe.
As Workplace Pride is becoming more and more visible on the subject of LGBT workplace inclusion in Europe and abroad, David Pollard, Workplace Pride’s Executive Director, was invited as a keynote speaker. Pollard introduced the “Declaration of Amsterdam” to the conference audience as a means to emphasize the importance of a collaborate effort from both employers as well as LGBT employees.
“ Created in by Workplace Pride in 2011 the Declaration of Amsterdam’s 10 actions points, remains a solid goal for employers around the world who strive to create workplaces where LGBT people can be themselves. “ Said Pollard “ But the Declaration is also designed for organizations that take their LGBT clients into consideration and those that are proud to assert their support for our community”.
In addition to the “Declaration of Amsterdam”, Pollard also introduced the “Global Benchmark”, which opens for registration on June 1st. Although the “Global Benchmark” takes a more business-focused approach to creating change for LGBT employees, it made it clear to the IDAHO participants that a number of instruments can be used to achieve the same goal.
Following up on the IDAHO Forum in Copenhagen, Pollard will be speaking at the EU’s Council of Europe in Brussels on Friday, May 20th. He will be joined by representatives from ILGA Europe and the LGBT networks of the European Parliament and Commission.
Poster for the IDAHO Event at the Council of Europe, Brussels
May 4, 2016
The Dutch Ministry of Defence has been actively promoting diversity and inclusion in the workplace for years. “There are frequent diversity meetings at our Ministry”, says Major Peter Kees Hamstra, who is Chairman of the board of ‘Dutch Government Pride’ and ‘Homosexuality and the Armed Forces Foundation’. “During these meetings, all diversity issues are discussed, current practices reviewed and new plans made to contribute to more diversity and inclusion within our organization”.
Twice a year, the Defence Ministry organizes a three-day LGBT employee intimate gathering for a maximum of 20 participants ensuring privacy and safety. The event consists of seminars and group discussions with the objective to address and evaluate all LGBT related issues the participants encounter at work. The intimate and intensive conference is unique in its sort and shows a true management commitment to the well-being of its LGBT employees.
In addition to the LGBT employee conference, the Ministry organizes yearly a LGBT networking day for all employees, participates every year with a boat at Amsterdam’s Gay Pride Canal Parade and has a visible presence at Tilburg’s Roze Zaterdag festivities and National Remembrance Day at the Homomonument in the center of Amsterdam.
Currently, the Ministry is looking into the possibility of collaborating with the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University regarding an elaborate study on workplace inclusion at all Dutch Ministries. “An extensive study like this will give great insight into the current LGBT emancipation within the ministries, the challenges and ways for improvement”, Hamstra says.
Given all the ongoing efforts and new initiatives, it is no surprise that in a 2014 LGBT Military case study, carried out by The Hague Center of Strategic Studies, the Dutch Armed Forces ranked second out of 103 countries.
May 3, 2016
The 2016 Benchmark Survey will open for submissions on June 1, 2016
Closing Date is 15 August, 2016*
We are in the process of finalizing a few updates to the questions to ensure that we remain at the cutting edge of what is driving LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace while maintaining a solid baseline in the survey to allow participants to gauge year over year comparison and growth. Prior to June 1 a copy of the 2015 survey questions** is available upon request to aid in preparation for the 2016 submission.
* Results will be announced at the Leadership Awards Dinner in late October or early November
** >90% of 2015 questions remain unchanged, with only minor adjustments and additions for the 2016 survey.
Brian Yothers: Global Benchmark Project Leader
May 1, 2016
Registration is now open for the Workplace Pride 2016 International Conference:
2016 is a pivotal year for Workplace Pride. We are celebrating 10 years of activity for the Foundation, Amsterdam is the host of Europride and the Netherlands will hold the Presidency of the EU in the first half of the year. With this in mind, Workplace Pride is planning on raising the topic of LGBT workplace inclusion to a new level; in geographic reach, in the engagement of top decision-makers, and in the impact for LGBT people in real terms.
The theme of this year’s International Conference is: