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 28, 2015
This year, for the first time, employees of 6 Dutch Water Management Boards will be represented on a boat in the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade. They are the guest of the Water Boards of Amstel, the Gooi and Vecht/Waternet.
The Dutch Water Management Boards are among the oldest still existing organizations in Europe, some of them having been founded in the 13th Century. It is a sign of our times that many organizations, even those rooted long in the past, see the value of actively participating and communicating about LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
Workplace Pride is particularly proud to see our new member Water Board Delfland on the boat, but also salutes all participating Dutch Water Boards for their courage to stand up and be counted!
For the full article in Dutch click here.
July 24, 2015
Technology makes global inter-active LGBT activism a reality!
Workplace Pride is very pleased to be cooperating as a media partner with our member KPN and Amsterdam Gay Pride in a unique initiative that will bring the power of positive LGBT activism to people all over the world. PRIDE STREAM is a boat in the Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade on 1 August that will interactively stream 360° images of the parade to anyone logged on to the site. For the willing, their images and videos will also be displayed on the boat to make a truly inter-active experience for those actually in Amsterdam watching the parade.
How is this relevant for the workplace?
There are of-course LGBT people all over the world; in every country and in most workplaces. By spreading the unique message of being able to be yourself (as optimized by the Canal Parade) as widely as possible, the movement for greater acceptance of LGBT people will become a part of daily lives around the world; including at work.
- This is an inspirational tool that shows anyone who has ever felt ‘outside of the norm’ that they are not alone.
- Pridestream will carry the message to governments, employers and other groups all over the world that LGBT emancipation has a powerful and unstoppable momentum!
- Inspiration leads to action, action leads to change, and change makes our lives better…. including at work!
Participation is simple: Go to:
to record your video and find out more about the event on 1 August, 2015. For people living in non-LGBT friendly countries or regions, tools are available on the Pridestream site to ensure your anonymity (see upper right-hand menu on the website)
July 22, 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
July 7, 2015
Articles about the University of Leiden creates the world’s first LGBT Workplace Pride University Chair which will be sponsored by KPN
July 1, 2015
Workplace Pride is very pleased to welcome the Hoogheemraadschap Delfland (HHRD) as our newest member. The HHRD or ‘Dutch Water Board, Delfland is the regional governmental body charged with managing water barriers, waterways, water levels, water quality and sewage treatment in the Delft region of the Netherlands. The Dutch regional water authorities are among the oldest forms of local government in the Netherlands with the HHRD being founded in 1289!
Yesterday, the 30th of June, the HHRD signed the official agreement to become a member of Workplace Pride. The HHRD is the first Dutch Water Board to join the Foundation and thereby demonstrate its acceptance of LGBT people in the workplace.
“It is important that employees can be themselves in the organizations where they work” said Secretary-Director of the HHRD, Paul van den Wijngaart. “People that can be open about their sexuality at work, are more productive and have a role-model function for others. Not to mention the fact that this actually improves the working atmosphere”.
“It is encouraging to me that organizations as historic as the HHRD have put LGBT workplace inclusion on their agendas”, said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride who signed the agreement on behalf of the Foundation. “This is truly a sign of forward-thinking leadership that understands the bigger movements in society”.
For more information about the HHRD including contact details, please see the press release below.