April 19, 2015
Workplace Pride assists Hivos in a Kenyan LGBT Workplace Study among Multinational Corporations
In the last month, Workplace Pride assisted Sullivan Marketing in a study, contracted by Hivos Foundation, about LGBT workplace diversity among multinational corporations in Kenya. Sullivan Marketing is an LGBT-led integrated marketing communications & research consulting firm based in Nairobi.
The purpose of the study is to protect LGBT employees in their workplaces, create safe, non-discriminatory work environments and promote policies that appreciate diversity as a business competitive edge.
The value of this study is created by the development of policies, the collection and distribution of best practices, the strengthening of Hivos’ human rights mission by gathering knowledge, offering the media a topic of conversation about diversity and inclusion in the workplace and creating a platform for intellectual enquiry for further research.
Workplace Pride was a supporting partner in this study and the following members in Kenya assisted in the study: IBM, Shell, Cisco, KLM, McKinsey & Co, Dow Chemicals.
The Report will be launched & disseminated by end of March 2015.
In 2015 we will build on this success with an improved benchmark. To achieve this a focus group was held on the 18th of March at the office of Foundation member NautaDutilh in Amsterdam bringing together representatives from Cisco, NautaDutilh, ING, Sodexo, Dow, BNP Paribas, IBM, Daimler and Shell. The purpose was to gather their feedback on the 2014 benchmark and discuss ideas and opportunities for improvement.
The importance of the international focus of the benchmark was reinforced with focus group participants coming from The Netherlands, Germany, France and United Kingdom.
Our aim is to have more organizations participating in 2015 learning from each other and collectively improving the workplace for LGBT employees.
Many thanks go out to NautaDutilh for hosting this meeting at their beautiful office and we are looking forward to another successful year for the Global Benchmark!
1 May : Launch of the 2015 Global Benchmark
1 August : Deadline for completing and submitting 2015 responses
Date to be confirmed in October : Announcements of 2015 Global Benchmark results
Workplace Pride hosted a two-day program this week for University of Tokyo undergraduate students studying sexual minorities and social participation. The program was part of a week-long study visit arranged together with Dr. Kai Jonas from the University of Amsterdam.
The first day of the two-day program which was held in the Amsterdam Public Library, consisted of an overview of Workplace Pride, which bridges the gap between employers and the LGBT community (by David Pollard) plus the practical experiences of two of our members; Shell (Mark Emdin) and IBM (Marijn Pijnenburg). Lonneke van den Honnard, Director of IHLIA, who kindly hosted the venue at the Library, explained the importance of recording LGBT history and concluded with a tour of the IHLIA facilities.
Day two brought in LGBT community members COC and Amsterdam Gay Pride and was kindly hosted by the strong LGBT community supporter; Lloyd Hotel. Susanne te Braak gave a compelling account of COC’s role in ensuring the lasting and accurate inclusion of LGBT topics in schools, while Irene Hemelar explained the societal role of the Amsterdam Gay Pride and the Canal Parade.
Ms. Kikue Sakaguchi, Project Associate Professor at the University of Tokyo was instrumental in reaching out to Workplace Pride for this program and coordinating its activities.
For questions regarding the University of Tokyo visit, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.