May 24, 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
March 18, 2016
The European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), launched a report on March 16th, dealing with basic but important issues for Europe’s LGBTI population.
The report, ‘Professionally Speaking: challenges to achieving equality for LGBT people’, focuses on the challenges LGBT people in the EU still face when interacting with public officials and service providers as well as on the outdated and damaging information still in circulation.
The report also shows that, among others, comprehensive training programs for employees are recommended to create awareness and increase understanding.
Workplace Pride Foundation sees this type of research as crucial to understanding how all workplaces can be improved so that LGBTI people can be themselves and that their contribution at work is valued. The Foundation is currently working with the EU Commission on a project identifying best practices among employers for the LGBT business case, however it is also clear from the FRA report that there is still a great deal of work to be done.
For more information about the FRA report, please click here.
For more information about The Workplace Pride Academy training courses, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
January 28, 2016
Workplace Pride Foundation is very delighted to welcome LGBT Business Forum, Poland, as its newest Global Benchmark Partner.
LGBT Business Forum and Workplace Pride have already established a good working relationship as Co-organizers of the 2015 LGBT Workplace Symposium in Krakow. “Last year the basis for a great partnership was forged”, said David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director. “We are looking forward to working closely together towards our common goal of greater LGBT workplace inclusion.”
In addition to their own measurement tool, “Polish LGBT Market and Workplace Survey”, the LGBT Business offers diversity policy consultancy with a focus on LGBT employees and training workshops on basic LGBT information for management, employees and partners.
For more information about LGBT Business Forum, please click here.
For more information about the Polish LGBT Market and Workplace Survey, please click here.
For more information about the LGBT Business Forum training workshops, please click here.
January 14, 2016
Workplace Pride was honored to play an important role in the first in-house corporate conference held in Luxembourg dealing with LGBT workplace inclusion. The event, entitled “Addressing LGBT in the Workplace” took place on Tuesday, 12 January, was sponsored by Chartre Diversity Letzebuerg (Diversity Charter Luxembourg), hosted at the offices of BGL BNP Paribas and organized by IMS Luxembourg.
As a country, Luxembourg is quite advanced when it comes to LGBT inclusion in society, however, speaking about or visibly including the topic in the workplace is still something relatively new. This event addressed that very topic by taking a good hard look at what still needs to be done.
Opening the event was Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg, who is openly gay and a proponent of more visibility for LGBT people in the workplace. Interestingly, the Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Mr. Xavier Bettel, is also gay, and is currently the only LGBT world leader.
Workplace Pride was represented by Executive Director, David Pollard, who delivered the keynote address entitled: “The Corporate World and LGBT, a World of Silence?”
Please find the picture report of the conference here.
September 1, 2015
LGBT inclusion in the workplace remains a challenge in many places in the world. However, with changing legislation and attitudes (e.g. in the US and Europe), more and more organizations realize that greater inclusion of all types is a true business imperative that deserves greater attention.
To address some of these issues, Shell, one of Workplace Pride’s Foundation Partners, is hosting an LGBT Workplace Symposium at their Business Operations facility in Krakow Poland on 8 October. The Symposium, representatives of local employers, employees and civil society will address the specific challenges of LGBT inclusion in the Polish workplace.
Workplace Pride is organizing the event together with local LGBT NGO, LGBT Business Forum. Workplace Pride members Sodexo and IBM are sponsors for the symposium.
For more information and registration go to the dedicated website: www.krakow.archives-workplacepride.org
August 26, 2015
For the 5th year in a row, Pride Business Forum in Prague addressed the topic of LGBT workplace inclusion in the Czech Republic. The event was particularly successful and saw a turnout of nearly 200 participants. Highlights included a presentation by Lord John Browne and moderation by Evan Davis of the BBC.
What was striking though was that, despite the increasingly liberal and open environment for LGBT people in Prague, there is still much to be gained with creating workplaces where LGBT people can be themselves. A number of organizations cited obstacles with talking about your private life at all at work, with this seen as being a barrier to more LGBT people coming out of the closet. Likewise, while many international employers are making positive strides with LGBT inclusion, most Czech companies do not have the resources or motivation for such programs.
Despite the fact that there is clearly still work to be done, Pride Business Forum and the organizers of Prague Pride have made huge advances in bringing LGBT inclusion in society and in the workplace to the attention of the Czech population. Workplace Pride was honored to have been part of this event and is committed to helping our members and other LGBT-focused NGO’s make progress on this topic.
Finally, in addition to main sponsor IBM, we were happy to see delegates of Workplace Pride Member’s Sodexo, Arcadis and TNT at the event. Together we can make a huge difference!
For a selection of images from the event, click here.
August 3, 2015
Workplace Pride is very pleased to welcome it’s new Global Benchmark partner, Parks – Liberi e Uguali (Free and Equal) of Italy. Parks’ unique name gets its inspiration from the American civil rights activists Rosa Parks, who fought courageously for the African American community’s legal rights in the 1960’s.
Parks, based in Milan, Italy, has many of the same objectives as Workplace Pride, but focuses primarily on the Italian Market. The organization has also developed a measurement tool call the GLBT Diversity Index which is designed for employers in Italy and can be seen as complementary to the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark.
“Parks and Workplace Pride work with many of the same international employers” said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride, “this is a strong sign that the momentum of LGBT workplace inclusion is strong and moving in the right direction.”
For more information about Parks, go to: www.parksdiversity.eu
July 29, 2015
In a courageous move, Shell has created the first LGBT employee network in the South African Oil and Energy Sector. Shell employee Mr. Linda Mayekiso, was instrumental in making this happen through comprehensive research and outreach to senior leadership in the company.
Judge Edwin Cameron, was the guest speaker at the event who explained at one point that ““Every single one of you has an LGBT relative,” which he announced to the office full of people, and those in the Cape Town and Durban branches who had joined the launch online. He said he based it on statistics that 1 in 10 people in the world are homosexual. “So if you have a family with more than 10 members, one of them is LGBT,” said Cameron, before adding that, “we just don’t know them because people don’t self identify as gay or lesbian.”
Workplace Pride applauds Shell and all of its members with international activities for pro-actively supporting greater awareness about LGBT workplace inclusion around the globe.
For the full article go to: Inkanyiso.org
July 23, 2015
As the Summer of Pride continues across Europe, Workplace Pride is pleased to announce that it is an organizing partner of the Pride Business Forum to be held on 13 August in Prague. The annually re-curring event zooms in on LGBT workplace inclusion in Central and Eastern Europe. This year’s theme is “Business Growth Through Diversity”.
Workplace Pride was asked by our Member IBM and by Prague Pride to share our best practices gained over the past 9 years and to play a role in the organization of the event. The Foundation is responsible for the construction and maintenance of the Pride Business Forum website, and the registration of event participants. Foundation Executive Director David Pollard will also be a speaker at the conference and will summarize the highlights and take-aways of the day.
“We strongly encourage those Workplace Pride members who have activities in Central and Eastern Europe to send delegates to the event” said Pollard, “This is the best way to get a true feeling of the challenges and the progress being made with LGBT workplace inclusion in this region“.
The event, which includes speakers such as Lord Browne, ex CEO of British Petroleum and Evan Davis, presenter on BBC, is free to all participants. More information and registration can be found at the conference website: www.pridebusinessforum.cz
June 26, 2015
Workplace Pride Foundation is delighted to announce today, at it’s 9th Annual International Conference, the intention to create the:
Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University
Endowment for International LGBT Workplace Inclusion
The first of its kind in the world, the Chair will provide a focused and scientific multi-disciplinary approach for how to improve LGBT inclusion in the workplace and allow the development and enhancement of scholarship in this priority area of study. While firmly rooted in the Dutch model for LGBT inclusion in society, the Chair will be both domestic and international in scope and will foster recruitment of faculty members from among the best scholars in the world.
Dutch corporation, KPN will be the first major funder of the new Chair:
“This initiative is a milestone in the field of LGBT inclusion. KPN is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and we want people to feel free to be themselves. By supporting this initiative, we want to go further and really contribute to research on this topic.”, said Janine Vos, Chief Human Resources Officer, KPN
Simone Buitendijk, Vice Rector of Leiden University,says:
“Serious academic study on LGBT inclusion in the workplace has been a long time coming and Leiden University is proud to be part of this groundbreaking work”
For more information about the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University, see the attached press release: