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.
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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