February has been another month of behind-the-scenes planning for the Foundation. The hard work will pay off though in many new events, easier communication for and by our members about LGBT workplace activities, and increased opportunities for employers to engage with LGBT workplace inclusion; both in the Netherlands and internationally.
Partly due to the dynamic political situation in the world, the topic of LGBT workplace inclusion has come to the forefront in many discussions recently, both inside and outside of Workplace Pride. In this newsletter you will find articles demonstrating the cost of homophobia, one by our member Deloitte, outlining how Diversity and Inclusion is now a matter that CEO’s see as a business imperative, and an overview of the ICON conference in Zurich in which a number of our members spoke on LGBT inclusion.
Coming up are events for Women, Younger and technically-focused LGBTers, The “Roze Filmdagen” in Amsterdam, The Economist conference in London, a couple of IDAHOT events, and international conferences in India, Brussels, the Philippines and Kenya. In April, Workplace Pride will launch a new and easier to use website, which will improve everyone’s access to cutting edge information about LGBT Workplace Inclusion.
Executive Director, Workplace Pride
Nuon partners with the “Roze Filmdagen”
The Amsterdam LGBTQ Film Festival
Workplace Pride congratulates its member Nuon as a first time partner of the “Roze Filmdagen“, which will take place from 9 until 19 March. With the festival’s focus on migrant and bi-cultural stories, Nuon does not shy away from the discussion, but rather encourages it. Nuon prides itself on being part of society in all its forms. Through its partnership with the Amsterdam LGBTQ film festival, the company is pleased to emphasize its strong integration policy.
Homophobia costs the world $100 billion per year
Research conducted by UNAIDS researcher and health economist Erik Lamontagne finds that homophobia, biphobia, and transphobia have a considerable toll on the world’s economy. Previous studies have focused on specific case studies, but Lamontagne’s research is the first to look at the cost of LGBTQ+ discrimination on a global scale.
Join Workplace Pride and the Economist on March 23rd and be part of the global event, Pride and Prejudice This event explores the challenges businesses face in implementing inclusion strategies amidst a turbulent economic and political climate.
This year marked the second time that LGBT diversity and inclusion made the agenda of the World Economic Forum in Davos. Having the issue top of mind among the global business elite is an indicator of progress, but uncertainty wielded by the political and economic climate has made the outlook for business and LGBT inclusion unclear. Will businesses continue to make a commitment to LGBT inclusion in a world where there is growing populist resistance to it? What should be the priorities for business in 2017 when it comes to putting inclusion policy into practice?
ICON’s 10th Diversity & Inclusion Seminar in Zurich: 22-24 Feb
This event, which targets Diversity & Inclusion professionals, featured a panel exploring future challenges facing large corporations with their global LGBT policies and practices. David Pollard of Workplace Pride moderated the panel which included, Vinay Kapoor of BNP Paribas, and Foundation Members: Liz Bingham of EY, Marijn Pijenburg of IBM and Miguel Castro of SAP.
Workplace Pride 2017 International Conference in Brussels
Workplace Pride’s biggest annual event (this year organized together with ILGA Europe) will focus on the important role that human rights play in the LGBTI workplace agenda. The Conference Website will go live in April so, for now,save June 23rd in your calendars !