To be an ally, companies must create a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion and one that is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce.
For the tech sector to combat inequalities that face the LGBTQ+ community, there is more that we can do to spotlight leaders and organisations working making steps towards creating more open and safe work environments.
Pride Month is as an opportunity for companies across the globe to celebrate LGBTQ+ employees, customers and the community at large, educate allies, and continue to progress their inclusion initiatives.
Karen Thomson, Diversity & Inclusion Lead - UK&I, Fujitsu and Chair of techUK's Skills & Diversity Council commented:
"Most Prides will not take place as planned in 2020, but for millions of LGBT+ people and allies around the globe Pride is an opportunity to feel part of a wider community and connected. That’s why continuing to recognise and celebrate Pride in a virtual way where everyone can participate is so important. We invite you to join us in this celebration."
#techUKPride aims to do just that. Read from our members and wider below:
Celebrating Pride - Equality isn’t just for one month a year - Elysia McCaffrey, Director of the Government Equalities Office, marks Pride by talking about the importance of inclusion in every industry, and at every level.
Remembering the Roots of Pride - Meghali Banerjee, Partnerships and Integrations lead at MeVitae, a deep tech company that helps hire top diverse talent that is personalised to company’s culture for today and tomorrow without algorithmic and neurological bias, discusses how to ensure the hiring process is free of prejudice & latent bias with new technologies.
Inclusive behaviours: Tips from Employee Networks - Jessica Franklin, Melissa Yambila & Sarah Appiah, employee network leads representing the LGBT+ and BAME communities at FDM Group explore inclusion and the impact of the Black LGBT+ community.
PRIDE in who we are - Zoe Rogers is a Sustainable Engineering graduate working in Costain’s Innovation Team, and Communications Officer for the LGBT+Allies employee network who explores what being proud means to her and the company.
Being LGBTQ+ in the Corporate World - Cain Withey, Gemserv explores the importance of fair and equal employers to someone entering the workforce for the first time and what it means to have a diverse but equal culture.
Pride Month at Atos - Cheryl Allen, Atos’ HR Director of Culture & Transformation, explores the engaging programme of activities and different ways to show solidarity during Pride in a time of COVID-19.
Why we signed the UN’s LGBTI Standards and how we bring our LGBT+ support to life - BT has committed to the UN’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and intersex people (LGBTI) Standards of Conduct for Businesses.
Supporting LGBT+ inclusion in the tech industry - Fujitsu spotlights its Shine LGBT+ Network which has been pivotal in shaping and implementing a strategy enabling them to create an inclusive environment.
Getting to Equal: Visible Growth; Invisible Fears - Accenture's global research reveals that LGBT+ employees are experiencing unseen challenges and privately held fears at work that are hindering their ability to thrive. More than half (57%) of LGBT+ employees believe their gender identity and expression or their sexual orientation has slowed their progress at work. Read the full report here.
Is your company doing anything for Pride or are you getting involved? Let us know.