The Declaration of Amsterdam
To ensure improvement in the workplace for LGBT people, the Workplace Pride Foundation launched the Declaration of Amsterdam at its international conference in July 2011. The Declaration is a call to action for all parties involved: LGBT and non-LGBT employees, Employers, Unions and Governments. As an NGO that is closely connected with both employees and employers, Workplace Pride realizes that only with concrete changes to organizational cultures and workplace practices can progress on LGBT matters be ensured.
The Declaration strives for:
• Inclusive corporate cultures where LGBT employees feel valued, can be their authentic selves and realize their full potential.
• Working environments for LGBT people that go beyond minimum legal requirements of equality
• Active leadership from straight [heterosexual] allies and LGBT role models who visibly support LGBT-inclusive workplaces.
• Dedicated, declared and active collaboration between employers AND LGBT employees to realize mutually beneficial improvements.
Member organizations that have signed the Declaration of Amsterdam: (in order of signing)
|Organization||Date of Signing|
|ACCENTURE||19 Jan. 2012|
|IBM||19 Jan. 2012|
|City of the Hague||19 Jan. 2012|
|Cisco||19 Jan. 2012|
|Achmea||19 Jan. 2012|
|UWV||19 Jan. 2012|
|Shell||19 Jan. 2012|
|ING||19 Jan. 2012|
|Post NL||19 Jan. 2012|
|Philips||19 Jan. 2012|
|TNT||19 Jan. 2012|
|City of Amsterdam||15 June 2012|
|National Postcode Loterij||15 June 2012|
|ABN AMRO||17 January 2013|
|PWC||17 January 2013|
|Dow Benelux||4 September 2013|
|Elsevier||20 June 2014|
|KPN||09 October 2014|
|The City of Utrecht||17 April 2015|
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Eleven Major Organizations sign the Declaration of Amsterdam
Workplace Pride is proud to announce that 11 organizations (see below) have signed the Declaration of Amsterdam during it’s 2012 New Year’s Reception. The Declaration of Amsterdam is the first step in creating a real, measurable improvement in the workplace for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender employees (LGBT). It calls upon employers, employees, unions, and governments to work together to develop a measurable benchmark for a gay-friendly workplace. The declaration was announced on 1 July 2011 at Workplace Pride’s (then operating under the name of Company Pride Platform) 5th International LGBT Business Conference in Amsterdam and was directed to all employers, employees, unions and governments in Europe.
Although apprearing after the Press Release which announced 10 signers, TNT Express also signed the Declaration, making it the 11th organziation to do so. Other organizations are invited to sign the Declaration of Amsterdam and can contact Workplace Pride for more information. Organizations themselves are responsible for implementing the 10 points of the Declaration of Amsterdam. However, as a complement to its Declaration, and using that document as a starting point, Workplace Pride will develop an international benchmark which will measure LGBT inclusiveness in workplaces everywhere in the world.
Left to Right: Anja Montijn-Groenewoud (Accenture), Hans Dijkman (Philips), Tanja Ineke (UWV), Ellen Faber (Achmea), Harry van Dorenmalen (IBM), Marja Zonnevylle (Shell), Rabin Baldewsingh (Gemeente Den Haag), Sarah Keizer (ING), Coks Stoffer (Cisco), Joris Oudenhuijzen (TNT Express)
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