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.
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
December 31, 2016
Women@WorkplacePride organized a well-attended and energizing networking event held at Workplace Pride’s new offices on December 16th. Many ideas for events for the 2017 calendar were shared, starting with a speaker event planned for March.
The next Women@WorkplacePride gathering will be on January 19th at the Workplace Pride New Year’s event. Women from Workplace Pride member companies are encouraged to attend and share their wishes for activities in 2017 and beyond. The Women@WorkplacePride steering group will meet on January 21st to turn member ideas and wishes into plans and actions for the coming year, and on March 15th the Gemeente Amsterdam will host the next speaker event.
Are you interested in hosting a Women@WorkplacePride event? Join us at the Workplace Pride New Year’s event or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women@WorkplacePride envisages a world in which LGBT women are valued highly in the workplace, are inspired by each other and support each other in their careers. We stand for an LGBT community where women are strongly represented and in key positions of influence.
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 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
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!
October 27, 2016
Leadership Awards Nominees for 2016 are:
- Gina Walker, Reed Elsevier
- Erik Poolman, PwC
- Wies Wagenaar, ABN AMRO
- Jeroen Ouwehand, Clifford Chance
- Jolanda Lamse, PwC
- Herna Verhagen, Post NL
- Booking. com
- Post NL
- Booking. com
Workplace Pride congratulates all nominees for their outstanding work towards greater LGBT workplace inclusion!
The ABA (Autumn Ball Award)
There are still a few tickets available for the Autumn Ball at €80.- a piece. Interested parties can write to email@example.com
June 24, 2016
The Dutch City of Utrecht has joined Workplace Pride Foundation as one of a growing number of public sector entities that are putting LGBT workplace inclusion on their priority list. Workplace Pride is particularly pleased to see public sector entities (national and municipal governments) take up the cause of LGBT workplace inclusion as they are often some of the largest employers in countries.
” Diversity and inclusion policies and practices undertaken by governments are particularly powerful as they are a clear sign to their employees, but also to many citizens, that they are fully aware of the rich diversity and complexity of modern societies”, said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride; “Gemeente Utrecht now joins Amsterdam, the Hague and Nijmegen as Dutch leaders of the municipal acceptance of LGBT people in the workplace”.
Alderman Geldof who, along with Pollard, signed the Workplace Pride membership agreement at a special ceremony at the historic Utrecht’s Stadhuis spoke of his city’s long term commitment to LGBT inclusion for both its employees and its citizens. Leading the charge at Gemeente Utrecht has been Gio van den Heuvel, Leader of the city’s LGBT Network, “Utrecht Pride”.
Gemeente Utrecht joins Workplace Pride as its 45th member.
For more information about LGBT efforts at the City of Utrecht contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights of the event in pictures and s short video of the event click here
June 9, 2016
Congratulations go to Workplace Pride partner in Suriname, PAREA, for leading the charge in the 1st LGBT workplace conference in the country!
The event, held today in the capital city Paramaribo, was standing room only and captured the interest of the media and many social, governmental and business parties in the country.
Rudolf Elias, Managing Director of Staatsoilie, the largest company in Suriname, outlined how his organization is setting the tone with a clearly inclusive policy for LGBT inclusion. Acting ambassador of the Dutch Embassy to Suriname, Mascha Baak, made the connection with her own country’s well-known support for LGBT inclusion and the milestone that Suriname was making with this event.
To keep the progress going, PAREA Chair, Juan Pigot pledged to work with all parties on this topic to create a clear guideline for how to proceed with LGBT workplace inclusion. Completion of the guideline is targeted May 17th 2017 (IDAHO) so watch this space!
Workplace Pride was pleased to cooperate with Parea on the event, with Executive Director, David Pollard and Advisory Board member, Boris Dittrich taking part as keynote speakers.
For more information about PAREA contact: email@example.com
For more information about Workplace Pride’s international initiatives, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
May 23, 2016
Workplace Pride and its Global Benchmark Partner, PAREA, invite you to the “Suriname Workplace Pride Conferentie” to be held in Paramaribo on 9 June 2016. This ground-breaking event will look at the situation of workplace diversity in general, and LGBT diversity specifically, in Suriname. Due to the many historical ties between Suriname and Netherlands this event will open many new avenues for discussion.
Workplace Pride Foundation Advisory Board Member and well-known LGBT activist, Boris Dittrich will be joined by the Foundation’s Executive Director David Pollard as speakers at the event that will also feature speakers from the Suriname Government, the largest private sector employer (Staatsolie) and from the Dutch Embassy in Paramaribo.
Participation for the event is free. Interested parties can register via: Suriname2016.archives-workplacepride.org