As the outcome of the US Presidential election sinks in around the world, it becomes even more important that businesses, organizations and individuals raise their voice in support of a positive and constructive relationship with the global LGBT community. We here at Workplace Pride have been doing just that and how!
October and the beginning of November saw a flurry of activity, including IBM winning the top global LGBT-friendly employer for the 3rd year in the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark annual survey; the presentation of the Leadership Awards at the fabulous Autumn Ball; Aegon winning the National Coming Out Day contest; the launch of Women@WorkplacePride; and TU Delft joining the Foundation as a member.
It is a bitter-sweet time for LGBT workplace inclusion: while the future may seem a bit less secure for people that are different, our community and those that support us around the world will continue to show that diverse workplaces, allowing and even encouraging everyone to be themselves, ultimately off the most benefits to every stakeholder.
Executive Director, Workplace Pride
The 2016 Global Benchmark Results
IBM has been named the world’s most LGBT-inclusive (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender) employer 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.READ MORE
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.
Women@WorkplacePride was launched on Coming Out Day, 11 October 2016, by the Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, Jet Bussemaker, at an event sponsored by the Gemeente Den Haag. Prior to the launch a number of events were held with women from Workplace Pride member companies to look at how to create a sustainable program for LGBT women in the workplace. A well-attended workshop was also held in July at the 2016 Workplace Pride conference which explored LGBT women role models and how LGBT women inspire others
Workplace Pride is happy to announce that Aegon is the winner of the 2016 National Coming Out Day contest. As in previous years, we received several great submissions, but after much deliberation, Aegon took the crown. The organization’s theme for National Coming Out day was “…. Proud OF YOU!”. Staff members in The Netherlands, UK and the US were given T-shirts with the text to take a selfie and place it on social media as a sigh of support for diversity and inclusion.
TU Delft has joined Workplace Pride as its 49th member on the occasion of National Coming Out Day. By doing so, it becomes one of the increasing number of organizations, from both the public and private sectors, that focus on creating work and study places in which all people, including LGBTs, can truly be themselves.
TU Delft ( Delft University of Technology) has been providing technical education for over 170 years and is one of the world’s leading universities, ranking in the top 50 in a total of 10 fields.
Workplace Pride is pleased to present the Global Benchmark edition of our bi-annual magazine, “New Horizons for LGBT Workplace Inclusion”. This edition takes a detailed look at the results of the 2016 Global Benchmark Survey which scores participating organizations on their international LGBT policies and practices.