September was the ‘catch your breath’ month for Workplace Pride after the busy summer of LGBT inclusion. Nonetheless, keeping the topic of LGBT people at work on the agenda never stops, with planning for many activities, initiatives and upcoming events continuing behind the scenes.
Tomorrow is National Coming Out Day when the entire country takes a moment to promote the creation of workplaces where everyone can be themselves. Minister Jet Bussemaker of the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science will launch our new program ‘Women@WorkpalcePride’ at an event hosted by the City of the Hague. The new program will be a focal point for LGBT women in the workplace and will highlight the special qualities they bring to the table. The National Coming Out Day Contest, which highlights the best efforts of our members on this day, is in its final stages, so don’t forget to send in your entries!
In this newsletter we salute our member Randstad for their work on LGBT inclusion and are all looking forward to the upcoming Leadership Awards at the Autumn Ball during which the Global Benchmark winners will be announced. Nominations are still being accepted for the leadership awards, so don’t forget to honor those that help keep LGBT workplace inclusion at the forefront of organizational change! Finally, our joint conference with ILGA World in Bangkok is quickly approaching. Check out the new speakers who will help to make this a ground-breaking event.
Executive Director, Workplace Pride
Randstad was proud to sponsor the 2016 EuroPride in Amsterdam and exited to show their commitment to the further development of an LGBT Community, the work with Workplace Pride, and to the Dutch campaign of #wordenwiejebent (“being who you are”).
To launch the new community, Randstad hosted the first-ever LGBT Community PRIDE party for staff and partners on board of the Clipper Stad Amsterdam, which was docked at the National Maritime Museum as the largest vessel to take part in the Canal Parade. The festivities continued the day after when Randstad invited over 130 VIPs, clients, city government officials, managers and their partners to watch the Canal Parade from the best vantage point in the city.
Launch of Women@WorkplacePride at National Coming Out Day Event
If you have not yet registered for the National Coming Out Day event, do so now! The event, hosted by Alderman Baldewsingh form the Gemeente Den Haag, will take place on October 11th in the Haagse Lobby in The Hague. Minister Bussemaker has been invited to officially launch Workplace Pride’s newest initiative Women@WorkplacePride.
Do not forget to send in your nominations for the 2016 Leadership Awards! The categories are: Most engaged network, Most active volunteer, Most effective straight ally, and Best media representation. The Leadership Awards and the top scorers of the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark will be announced at the Autumn Ball being held in the Westerkerk in Amsterdam on November 3rd*:
The deadline for submissions has been extended until October 18th!
All entries for the 2016 National Coming Out Day contest must be completed by October 11th!
Tomorrow is the big day! We have already received several great entries for the National Coming Out Day contest, but there is room for more! As in previous years, we ask you to create an original digital poster, promoting LGBT diversity and inclusion in your organisation and share this on social media. This year’s winner will receive two tickets to the Autumn Ball’s Leadership Awards Dinner!
Workplace Pride Global Benchmark sees 30 participating organizations in 2016, up from 19 in 2014 and 21 in 2015. The top scorers of the Global Benchmark, including most improved organization, will be announced at the Autumn Ball, Leadership Awards Dinner on November 3rd. Full details will be published in the New Horizons, 2016 Global Benchmark Edition on the same date. Watch this space!