Workplace Pride and its member Accenture are teaming up to organise the LGBT Workplace Inclusion Conference in Greater China. The event, being held on 17 July at Accenture’s offices in Hong Kong, will bring together employers, employees and civil society to address the specific challenges for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender (LGBT) people at work in the Greater China region. It will develop a shared understanding of the local situation, strategies and tactics to address these challenges while focusing on practical and sustainable solutions for long-term progress.
“With the growing economic and political influence of China and the region in the world, this conference is an important milestone declaring that LGBT workplace inclusion needs to be a factor in decision-making going forward” says David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride and one of the speakers at the conference. “Businesses and organisations that embrace our community will reap the benefits in the form of greater productivity, durable employee retention and easier recruitment; not to mention the multiple benefits for LGBT employees, customers and allies that it will create” continues Pollard.
The Dutch Consulate in Hong Kong is strongly supporting the event and will hold an opening reception at the Consul General’s residence the evening before. Workplace Pride Member IBM is helping the cause by sharing experiences of their decades-long and global outreach to the LGBT community, while local NGO, Community Business brings their local expertise to the forefront.
The day-long Conference is open to Workplace Pride Members and locally-operating organisations. Capacity, however, is very limited so interested parties need to write to firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the code register.