Corporations are more and more aware of the challenges and opportunities of Equality at the workplace. May 17th is being increasingly invested by companies and their LGBT networks as a day of mobilisation, action and reflection.
At European level, the Work Place Pride network organised a global conference in Amsterdam that focused on the global dimension of LGBT equality at the workplace.
Designed to be even more inter-active than ever, the 2018 Workplace Pride International Conference saw over 250 delegates from companies and civil society partners explore the full gambit of LGBTI workplace issues. Cutting edge topics and speakers guide participants on a full day’s worth of knowledge gathering, exchange of best practices and unique networking opportunities among the leaders of LGBTI workplace inclusion.
At EY, IDAHOTB is a key annual landmark for the company’s UNITY program, the professional network for LGBT professionals and their straight allies. Unity has more than 1,600 members globally, hailing from all four of EY’s geographic Areas (Americas, Asia-Pacific, EMEIA [Europe, Middle East, India and Africa] and Japan).
To mark the IDAHOTB, EY mobilised all country offices to show support and solidarity. Each region was asked to publish a Daily News Article on Wednesday 17th May to show support for the day.The company also updated its ‘Making it real – Globally’, a practical guide for organizations who want to better deliver LGBT+ workplace equality at a global level.
At Ikea, Co-workers and customers celebrated IDAHOTB around the world (pictured: IKEA Canada).
Across the UK IKEA organised a wide range of in-store activities. From flying the flag outside every one of the 22 stores countrywide, to a rainbow photobooth at IKEA Cardiff and rainbow-inspired roomsets and restaurant at IKEA Reading. was one of the companies flying the rainbow flag to mark the Day.
In the follow up of the publication of the UN’s Global Business Standards, Toronto’s RightCon 2018 featured a session by the United Nations Human Rights Office focusing on LGBTI security and inclusion RightsCon Toronto 2018 with Microsoft, Oath, Alex Garner, Hornet
In South Africa the South African LGBT+ Management Forum launched the first of its kind, South African Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI). More information HERE
Riot Games developed a special set of League of Legend characters for the Day and got the staff together to mark the event !
IBM collected support messages on colored sticky notes, which were assembled to form the word IDAHO
Thyssen Krupp staff marking the Day
Vodafone special IDAHOT race team
This year again, companies have marked #IDAHOTB with messages and tweets of support.