February 13, 2017
February 7, 2017
Workplace Pride is excited to be working with Leiden University students on a unique project dealing with LGBT workplace inclusion around the world.
The project involves forty students from the Bachelor of Arts International Studies Program who are taking part in an International Consultancy Project. The students have been tasked by Workplace Pride to provide solutions for how our globally active member organizations can better approach, and thus make decisions, on their LGBT policies and practices. The students will divide into 4 groups of 10 people each and undertake a ‘deep dive’ analysis into the political, socio-economic, legal and cultural-historical aspects of countries around the world. This data will be matched with publicly available information about how and where Workplace Pride members engage with LGBT inclusion. The entire project is structured in the form of a consultancy to give students the experience of working in ’the real world’.
David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride Foundation gave an opening lecture on the 3rd of February to the students and outlined the project parameters and challenge. In the coming 3 months, representatives from Accenture, Shell, ABN AMRO and the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University will present additional guest lectures to provide a comprehensive overview of the landscape for global LGBT workplace inclusion.
The winning solution will be chosen in May by a jury from the Foundation and subsequently presented to Workplace Pride members.
For questions regarding the International Consultancy Project please contact David Pollard (firstname.lastname@example.org) at Workplace Pride, or Dr. Sarita Koendjbiharie (email@example.com) of Leiden University.
January 31, 2017
On Thursday, January 19th, Workplace Pride celebrated the new year with a reception for members and friends at Randstad’s global headquarters in Amsterdam. Host Ton Hopmans, Yacht Managing Director and Director Global Talent Management Randstad Group, welcomed participants to the event by putting the company’s LGBT outlook into perspective.
David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director, thanked all members for their ongoing support and looked to the year ahead. “2017 will be another existing year for the Foundation”, he said. “With our International Conference in Brussels, an event in Manila (Philippines), Chennai (India) and possibly in Nairobi (Kenya), we are enlarging our international footprint.” In addition David briefly mentioned the upcoming website update and the Member Toolkit the Foundation is preparing, before introducing the staff and board to the public.
Cargill’s CEO Nederland, Harold Poelma joined David for a symbolic signing ceremony as Workplace Pride’s 50th member (please click HERE for full article), after which Prof. Dr. Jojanneke van der Toorn, the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden University, took the stage to give a short insight into her task ahead (please click HERE for full article).
The evening continued with a very well attended and highly professional organized network reception.
Workplace Pride wishes all Members and Friends a very fruitful and successful 2017!
Please click HERE for pictures of the New Year’s Reception.
January 25, 2017
On January 19th, 2017 Workplace Pride officially welcomed Cargill as its 50th member. The official signing ceremony took place during the Workplace Pride New Year’s Event at Randstad, a joyous occasion which saw Harold Poelma, CEO Cargill Nederland, take center stage.
“At Cargill we take our Corporate Responsibility very
With 150.000 employees in 70 countries, Cargill is one of the largest privately-owned businesses worldwide providing food, agriculture, financial and industrial products and services to the world. Founded in 1865, adhering to high standards of business conduct has always been important to Cargill.
“What a great way to start off 2017!We are very proud to welcome Cargill as our 50th member”, said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride.
For more information on LGBT inclusion at Cargill, please write to: Dominic_De-kerf@cargill.
January 11, 2017
December 31, 2016
Women@WorkplacePride organized a well-attended and energizing networking event held at Workplace Pride’s new offices on December 16th. Many ideas for events for the 2017 calendar were shared, starting with a speaker event planned for March.
The next Women@WorkplacePride gathering will be on January 19th at the Workplace Pride New Year’s event. Women from Workplace Pride member companies are encouraged to attend and share their wishes for activities in 2017 and beyond. The Women@WorkplacePride steering group will meet on January 21st to turn member ideas and wishes into plans and actions for the coming year, and on March 15th the Gemeente Amsterdam will host the next speaker event.
Are you interested in hosting a Women@WorkplacePride event? Join us at the Workplace Pride New Year’s event or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women@WorkplacePride envisages a world in which LGBT women are valued highly in the workplace, are inspired by each other and support each other in their careers. We stand for an LGBT community where women are strongly represented and in key positions of influence.
December 22, 2016
It is with great please that Workplace Pride, Leiden University and KPN announce that Dr. Jojanneke van der Toon has been named Professor for the Workplace Pride Chair at Leiden Univerity.
This Chair, which has been under development for a number of years, is the first of its kind in the world. The Chair will provide a focused and scientific approach to improving LGBT inclusion in the workplace and will foster the development of scholarship in this priority research field both domestically and internationally. It will create a theoretical framework on which to base future studies of international LGBT workplace studies, and identify factors that influence LGBT inclusiveness in society and its dynamics.
“By connecting with our members and other organizations on a regular basis, Dr. van der Toorn will help them look at the ‘bigger picture’ of LGBT workplace inclusion and thus enhance its practical applications. We are very pleased to have her onboard!, says David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride Foundation. ”
To listen to Dr. J. van der Toorn interview on NPO Radio 1 (Dutch only) please click here.
December 13, 2016
December 8, 2016
December 1, 2016
The first Workplace Pride LGBT Business conference in Bangkok was a true milestone in the region with around 100 delegates from many different countries taking part in the event. The conference, which was a side event of the annual ILGA World Summit, took a close look at the situation for LGBT people in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) which included both business and cultural aspects.
Speakers from a number of Thai organizations representing the public, private and governmental sectors outlined the unique challenges to LGBTI inclusion in their country while noting that now is the time to start the dialogue. Their comments were supported by a report from the UNDP (United Nations Development Program) representative, Katri Kivioja who highlighted differences in perceptions and progress in a number of Asian countries regarding LGBT inclusion. Her conclusion was that there is still a great deal of work to do in the region.
Breakout sessions encouraged participants to ‘dig deeper’ into practical applications of LGBT progress and covered topics such as:
- Visibility at Work
- Employee Networks and Straight Allies
- Business Case for LGBTI Inclusion
- Making Change Last
Workplace Pride members operating in the region rallied around this initiative with representatives and support from Clifford Chance, Booking.Com, Elsevier (RELX), Shell and a number of other parties. Tony Tenicela, representing main Sponsor IBM, was a keynote speaker at the event and called for increased cooperation among all parties. Other organizations represented in the official program included the Thai Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Orami Group, Greenpeace Thailand, Krungthai-AXA, and the World Bank. Paul Heymans, Founder of OUTBKK, which is an NGO working locally for LGBT workplace inclusion, cooperated closely with Workplace Pride in realizing the conference.
Closing the busy day was Martin van Buuren, 2nd Secretary of the Dutch Embassy in the Netherlands, which was also a strong supporter of the event.
Workplace Pride’s first foray into Asia showcased the many obstacles that still exist to LGBT workplace inclusion in the region. However, it also very effectively demonstrated that many parties from all sectors and nationalities are willing and ready to work together to create progress.
For more information on the Workplace Pride Business Conference in Bangkok, write to: email@example.com
* Following up on the event, Thai National Patrick Huang, wrote a note about his own experiences at the conference. Click here to read
Foundation Chair Mark Emdin moderates the panel of Thai specialists repressing 4 different sectors
Keynote speakers, Paul Overdijk, Katri Kivioja and Toni Tenicela (IBM)
Martin van Buuren of the Dutch Embassy addresses the gathering while workshop participants ‘dig deeper’