March 29, 2017
Workplace Pride is excited to invite you to attend the LGBT Workplace Symposium, which will be held in Chennai (India) on the 19th of May 2017. Returning for a second time to Asia, the theme of the symposium is “Expanding the Dialogue in India”.
The symposium aims to bring together organizations representing employers, employees and civil society to address the specific challenges of being LGBT in the Indian workplace and to share their experiences. In order to ensure a local perspective, co-organizer of the event is the Solidarity Foundation, a local NGO that has been working on the frontline of social change in South India for several years. In addition, Workplace Pride has partnered with Community Business India, a recognized thought leader in corporate responsibility (CSR) and diversity and inclusion (D&I).
The goal of the symposium, which is hosted by Workplace Pride Foundation Member RELX Group, is to provide participants with a new toast of ideas and concepts as well as concrete steps to continue the practical task of LGBT workplace emancipation in India.
For more information about the symposium and for REGISTRATION, please click HERE.
March 24, 2017
“How tolerant is the Netherlands on the work floor? Jojanneke van der Toorn, Professor of the Workplace Pride Chair, the first in the world dealing exclusively with LGBT inclusion in the workplace, answers questions on the International Day against Racism and Discrimination.”
For the full article in Dutch, please click HERE.
For the full article in English, please click HERE.
March 13, 2017
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February 8, 2017
LGBT diversity and inclusion is increasingly becoming a business priority. 87 percent of Fortune 500 companies now have non-discrimination policies. Inclusive companies are attracting and retaining top talent, winning the business and loyalty of LGBTs and their allies who represent an estimated consumer market of $ 3.7 Trillion.
Building on the success of last year’s event, Pride and Prejudice 2017, will explore the role of business in moving the mark on LGBT rights. Once again, the event will be held in Hong Kong, London and New York.
Please note that Workplace Pride Members benefit from a 20% discount by using the following code: WWP/DC
February 7, 2017
Workplace Pride is excited to be working with Leiden University students on a unique project dealing with LGBT workplace inclusion around the world.
The project involves forty students from the Bachelor of Arts International Studies Program who are taking part in an International Consultancy Project. The students have been tasked by Workplace Pride to provide solutions for how our globally active member organizations can better approach, and thus make decisions, on their LGBT policies and practices. The students will divide into 4 groups of 10 people each and undertake a ‘deep dive’ analysis into the political, socio-economic, legal and cultural-historical aspects of countries around the world. This data will be matched with publicly available information about how and where Workplace Pride members engage with LGBT inclusion. The entire project is structured in the form of a consultancy to give students the experience of working in ’the real world’.
David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride Foundation gave an opening lecture on the 3rd of February to the students and outlined the project parameters and challenge. In the coming 3 months, representatives from Accenture, Shell, ABN AMRO and the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University will present additional guest lectures to provide a comprehensive overview of the landscape for global LGBT workplace inclusion.
The winning solution will be chosen in May by a jury from the Foundation and subsequently presented to Workplace Pride members.
For questions regarding the International Consultancy Project please contact David Pollard (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Workplace Pride, or Dr. Sarita Koendjbiharie (email@example.com) of Leiden University.
January 31, 2017
On Thursday, January 19th, Workplace Pride celebrated the new year with a reception for members and friends at Randstad’s global headquarters in Amsterdam. Host Ton Hopmans, Yacht Managing Director and Director Global Talent Management Randstad Group, welcomed participants to the event by putting the company’s LGBT outlook into perspective.
David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director, thanked all members for their ongoing support and looked to the year ahead. “2017 will be another existing year for the Foundation”, he said. “With our International Conference in Brussels, an event in Manila (Philippines), Chennai (India) and possibly in Nairobi (Kenya), we are enlarging our international footprint.” In addition David briefly mentioned the upcoming website update and the Member Toolkit the Foundation is preparing, before introducing the staff and board to the public.
Cargill’s CEO Nederland, Harold Poelma joined David for a symbolic signing ceremony as Workplace Pride’s 50th member (please click HERE for full article), after which Prof. Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn, the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University, took the stage to give a short insight into her task ahead (please click HERE for full article).
The evening continued with a very well attended and highly professional organized network reception.
Workplace Pride wishes all Members and Friends a very fruitful and successful 2017!
Please click HERE for pictures of the New Year’s Reception.
January 25, 2017
On January 19th, 2017 Workplace Pride officially welcomed Cargill as its 50th member. The official signing ceremony took place during the Workplace Pride New Year’s Event at Randstad, a joyous occasion which saw Harold Poelma, CEO Cargill Nederland, take center stage.
“At Cargill we take our Corporate Responsibility very
With 150.000 employees in 70 countries, Cargill is one of the largest privately-owned businesses worldwide providing food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Founded in 1865, adhering to high standards of business conduct has always been important to Cargill.
“What a great way to start off 2017!We are very proud to welcome Cargill as our 50th member”, said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride.
For more information on LGBT inclusion at Cargill, please write to: Dominic_De-kerf@cargill.
January 18, 2017
It is with great please that Workplace Pride, Leiden University and KPN announce that Dr. Jojanneke van der Toon has been named Professor for the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden Univerity.
This Chair, which has been under development for a number of years, is the first of its kind in the world. The Chair will provide a focused and scientific approach to improving LGBT inclusion in the workplace and will foster the development of scholarship in this priority research field both domestically and internationally. It will create a theoretical framework on which to base future studies of international LGBT workplace studies, and identify factors that influence LGBT inclusiveness in society and its dynamics.
“By connecting with our members and other organizations on a regular basis, Dr. van der Toorn will help them look at the ‘bigger picture’ of LGBT workplace inclusion and thus enhance its practical applications. We are very pleased to have her onboard!, says David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride Foundation. ”
Listen to Dr. J. van der Toorn interview on NPO Radio 1 (Dutch only) please click here.
January 11, 2017