Foundation Members Shine at “Out in the Global Economy” Conference
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!”