Recognising the importance of diversity during PRIDE month

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Were celebrating inclusion and diversity through PRIDE month

We're celebrating inclusion and diversity through PRIDE month

June sees a month-long global celebration of Pride every year; a time for everyone to recognise and celebrate the importance of inclusion and diversity both in and out of the workplace.

Here at Where Women Work, we’re honoured to partner with progressive employers who actively support diverse employees and their commitment to inclusion.

A key part of diversity and inclusion strategies is to ensure an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bi, transgender, interse, queer (LGBTIQ) employees. With positive steps, companies can reflect a modern world within their workforce and play an important role in raising awareness of LGBTIQ issues more widely.

Pride in being open and accepted at MetLife

MetLife encourages its workforce of talented employees and senior leaders to always ensure they bring their whole selves to work - and they respect the value of being open and accepted.

Pride in Engineering at AECOM

AECOM, along with other leading firms in the construction and engineering community, march with pride in London in a show of strength and solidarity, challenging stereotypes and promoting diversity in engineering.

Diageo is focused on raising the profile of LGBT issues

Diageo’s LGBT Employee Resource Group - the Rainbow Network - is focused on raising the profile of LGBT issues as well as the broader inclusion and diversity agenda. The group’s purpose is “to unleash the potential that being able to be yourself can bring to all of our lives and to Diageo’s performance ambition.” The aim is to create a culture that is purposeful and celebrates diversity within Diageo and its brands.

UNHCR values and celebrates diversity

The UNHCR highly values its diverse workforce and rejects discrimination. Applications at the UNHCR are encouraged from all qualified candidates without distinction on the grounds of race, colour, sex, national origin, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation and gender identity. “There are incredible colleagues at both the international and national level who are caring and compassionate and show and tell me how being LGBTI should not be an issue. If anything, there is genuine interest in who I am and the welfare of my family. As such, I am now more comfortable than ever after 23 years of being in UNHCR that I can finally be myself at work. No need to lie anymore,” says Ilija Todorovic, Senior Regional Resettlement Officer and UN Globe Representative at UNHCR in Pretoria, South Africa.

Amazon takes pride in its employee affinity group, glamazon

Glamazon helps make Amazon a great place to work by identifying opportunities to educate and inform employees about LGBTQ issues and opportunities, including sponsoring Pride Parades around the globe. Amazonians from teams across the business from admins to VPs, product owners to program managers are part of more than 40 glamazon chapters globally, including employees from Seattle, Costa Rica, Prague and Sydney.

The University of Sheffield ranks in Stonewall’s Top 100

In recognition of its continued dedication to workplace equality, the University of Sheffield has again been ranked in the Stonewall Top 100 Employers list - a definitive list showcasing the best employers for lesbian, gay, bi, and trans staff. The University of Sheffield’s Senior Diversity Champion, Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor Gill Valentine, said “At the University of Sheffield we actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion, which has helped us to create an open, inclusive environment for everyone, including LGBT+ staff and students. To have risen up the rankings this year is extremely pleasing and is a testament to the people who work at the University making it such a remarkable place to work, so I’m delighted to be part of an institution with such a diverse and inclusive community.”

EY is part of Stonewall's Trans Allies programme

Professional services firm, EY, supports the Stonewall Trans Allies programme in the UK and bring about positive change for trans and non-binary people. The firm will deliver a one-day programme for its staff to help non-trans people understand how they can tackle anti-trans discrimination and support trans people. Steve Varley, EY’s chairman, said, “We aim to be the UK’s most inclusive employer, creating a working environment where all our people can express their own individual gender identity. We also want to make sure that our colleagues who are undergoing gender transition are supported by their team and the firm.”


Vodafone is a place where everyone can be themselves, and everyone can be different. Keep your uniqueness, and be part of a bigger thing. Vodafone can only leverage diversity by building an inclusive culture where everyone is respected, can be themselves and feel they belong. That way Vodafone can build a better future for its employees, partners, the communities they work in and their customers.

Northrop Grumman celebrates diversity

Northrop Grumman Corporation received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The company has produced a comprehensive transgender toolkit and education program for managers and employees; employees and the company have participated in several recent Pride parades, and led by the company’s Pride in Diversity Alliance employee resource group, has been involved in many LGBT community activities.

Supporting Pride Month

The month of June was chosen for LGBTIQ Pride Month to commemorate the Stonewall riots that occurred at the end of June 1969. As a result, many pride events are held across the world during this month to recognise the impact LGBT people have had in the world. Learn more about Stonewall and how you can get involved. #ByYourSide

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