Workplace Pride takes part in Swiss LGBTI Events

Post Date: November 15, 2017

Foundation member, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs through their Dutch Embassy in Bern, was the key connector in the LGBT workplace-related events held in Switzerland on October 16th.

The Embassy along with UBS, one of the largest and most influential banks in the world, celebrated the 15th anniversary of UBS’s LGBT employee network at a well-attended event in the bank’s Zurich head office. The highlight of the event was a panel of experts representing a number of organisations who deal regularly with LGBT inclusion in civil society, in business and in politics. The panel included:

·         Dr. Gráinne Healy, Co-Director of the Irish Yes Equality Campaign

·         Daniel Maury, Co-head Group Finance Technology, UBS, NYC

·         Boris Dittrich, Human Rights Watch LGBTI Advocacy Director, politician and author

·         Kathrin Bertschy, Swiss green liberal party and National Council

David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride moderated the panel that looked at a number of different angles on the topic including the recent same-sex marriage campaign in Ireland, the position of top-level LGBT executives, the situation in ‘non-friendly’ LGBT countries and the current political situation for LGBT people in Switzerland.

Pollard and Dittrich (Workplace Pride Advisory Board Member) were subsequently invited by the Dutch Embassy to speak at the Impact Hub in Bern about LGBT inclusion in the workplace and in society.

Whereas there are very visible proponents for LGBT inclusion in Switzerland, the discussions in both Zurich and Bern showed that there is still a long way to go before LGBT people are fully accepted in Swiss society and in the workplace.

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