November 24, 2016
On November 14th, Booking.com hosted the Amsterdam launch of Women@WorkplacePride. In a full room with over 50 people the initiators of Workplace Pride’s program for LGBT women professionals shared their mission and launched the new identifier that will be part of the Workplace Pride overall branding. Booking.com’s LGBT network, ‘B.Proud’ also shared their best practices.
The meeting was a good example of the impact that Women@WorkplacePride aims to have: Connecting women and building a network that allows LGBT women to be visible and get empowered. At the same time, sharing experiences and speaking about content inspires people and adds value to everyone’s careers. Valuable input for next events and activities was given by participants.
“Interacting with a vast pool of professional LGBT women enables you to be the better version of yourself. And it enables you to do something for others and for the LGBT community,” said Joanna Semeniuk, one of the initiators of the Women@WorkplacePride program.
As one of Workplace Pride’s Foundation Leaders, Booking.com shared their best practices. Tassia Pellegrini gave a presentation on Booking’s diversity strategy, especially their LGBT international network and women in tech programs. B.Proud, used a Hackathon to kickstart their network. They use a new tool, Facebook’s Intranet, for enabling the LGBT community to connect in Booking offices around the world. Booking.com’s lesson was: Together, people can achieve things. “For me B.Proud shouts to everyone at Booking.com that we are open, friendly, forward thinking and our company wants to lead the way not just follow the crowd,”said one employee.
Women@WorkplacePride will continue to organize events on leadership and professional development, role models, visibility and inclusivity and building a strong LGBT women community. The next event for Workplace Pride members is an informal networking meeting at the WorkplacePride office, on the 16 th of December.
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November 18, 2016
Workplace Pride Members Shell, ING, Akzo Nobel and EY took part in the “Out in the Global Economy Conference” which was held yesterday in Washington D.C. The event, which was part of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce’s Global LGBTI Business Week was hosted at the Philips Collection Museum by the the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, another Workplace Pride member. Corporate Partners are part of the Holland on the Hill group which is coordinated by the Dutch Embassy.
This event underlined the fact that international businesses operate in many different cultures and legal environments, yet are still able to make significant progress with LGBT inclusion. It was noted several that major corporations often have considerable influence in countries, often in the political as well as the economic arena. Likewise the continued commitment to LGBT inclusion was made clear, despite the current political situation in many countries, including the United States.
Workplace Pride Executive Director, David Pollard, moderated a panel entitled “The Inclusive 21st Century Economy: How Corporations, Governments and NGO’s Create Opportunities” that included among others: Genny Winter, Exec. VP IT-Trading and Supply for Shell, and Ana Carolina Oliveira, Director Credit Risk Management, ING USA. Randy Berry, Special Envoy for LGBT Human Rights from the US State Department, closed the event with words of encouragement for all stakeholders, pointing out the situation in the world is far from ‘solved'; particularly for transgender people.
“This was a great event that allowed civil society, plus the public and private sectors to engage on this topic which has become event more urgent with recent events around the world” said Pollard. “We congratulate all of them for continuing their strong and supportive policies and practices for the global LGBT community!”
November 17, 2016
November 14, 2016
Workplace Pride welcomes another, truly international, partner to it’s network of LGBT-workplace focused organizations around the world. UN-GLOBE, the LGBT employee network of the United Nations, aims to change the cultures of the organizations of the UN system so that all staff members are treated equally and inclusively regardless of their sexual or gender identities.
“The UN-GLOBE mission,” says Hyung Hak Nam (Alfonso), President of UN-GLOBE,” is to change attitudes.”
The push for change is done through concrete actions, such as calling for increased dialogue on sexual and gender identities in the workplace; seeking the support of UN senior leaders for LGBTI issues and peoples; acting as a resource network for staff and administrations; and targeting human resources policies like the ones on parental leave, which do not recognize the many different ways people start families these days.
” Many of the issues and challenges faced by LGBTI Staff in the UN Common System are the same or similar to those faced by employees of international corporations and multinationals” says Hak Nam. “UN GLOBE welcomes this collaboration with Workplace Pride Foundation as a way to share good practices and knowledge and looks forward to this partnership.”
To see the full overview of Global Benchmark Partners, see page 42 of the 2016 New Horizons, Global Benchmark Edition.
November 7, 2016
On Thursday evening, November 3rd, the beautiful Westerkerk in Amsterdam set the scene for the 2nd Autumn Ball Gala and the presentation of the 5th Workplace Pride Leadership Awards. The black-tie event, which Workplace Pride organized together with Winq magazine, attracted a colorful crowd.
Over 300 representatives from the public and private sectors enjoyed the fine dining and great entertainment together with fashion designers, authors, T.V. and political personalities.
Cornald Maas, the host of the evening, kept the audience engaged and made sure all winners got their moment to shine with short and witty interviews. One of the highlights of the evening was Rotterdam’s Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb’s acceptance speech for winning the Winq People Award. Another memorable moment was IBM winning the Global Benchmark Award for a commendable 3rd time in a row. (Please click HERE to read more about the 2016 Global Benchmark top scorers).
Workplace Pride would like to congratulate all Leadership Award Winners. Their tireless, often behind the scenes, work deserves the admiration of both the LGBT community and their business peers:
• Most Active Volunteer – Wies Wagenaar (ABN AMRO)
• Most Effective Straight Ally – Jeroen Ouwehand (Clifford Chance)
• Best Media Representation – Booking.com
• Most Engaged Network – PostNL
For more highlights of the Autumn Ball’s Leadership Award Gala, please click HERE.
To read the Telegraaf article (in Dutch), please click HERE.
IBM has been named the world’s most LGBT-inclusive (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender) employer by Amsterdam-based Workplace Pride Foundation for the 3rd year in a row. The announcement is the result of the Foundation’s 2016 Global Benchmark survey in which 30 major employers were scored for their LGBT workplace inclusion policies and practices around the world. Together, these organizations represent 3 million employees in over 100 countries worldwide.
Top 10 employers as scored against the 100% of the Global Benchmark include:
“This year’s Global Benchmark saw a 40% increase in the number of participants ” said David Pollard, Executive Director, Workplace Pride.“ We congratulate IBM and all of the 2016 Global Benchmark participants as they are making good on their commitments to create workplaces around the world where LGBT people can be themselves”
Organizations taking part in the 3rd Global Benchmark survey scored a median of 61%, up from 58% in 2015 and 51% in 2014 indicating overall progress among participants.
Top 5 improvers compared to the 2015 Global Benchmark: (% increase)
1. Randstad: +35.11%
2. UWV: +27.43%
3. KPN +17.01%
4. NautaDutilh +12.78%
5. PostNL +10.30%
Accenture was the highest scoring new entrant to the 2016 Global Benchmark with 83.78%
Workplace Pride congratulates all of those organizations that took part in the Global Benchmark!