June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, established to recognize the impact that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals have had on the world.
Originally established as “Gay Pride Day” to honor the 1969 Stonewall Riots, Pride has expanded in many places to a month-long celebration including pride parades, picnics, parties, educational events, memorials for those lost to hate crimes and HIV/AIDS, and other group gatherings.
In the United States the last Sunday in June was initially celebrated as “Gay Pride Day,” but the actual day was flexible. In major cities across the nation the “day” soon grew to encompass the month-long series of events.
Below you will find examples of what some Diversity Best Practices member companies are doing to acknowledge and celebrate Pride Month.
For PRIDE month, among the various local events, Alight is sponsoring a T-Shirt sale to raise funds for the Trevor Project. To date, we have raised$1,653 of our $2,000 goal.
American Institutes of Research
People of color who are LGBTQ+ face a unique set of experiences and challenges that are rarely discussed or well understood. The American Institutes for Research’s (AIR’s) LGBTQ+ ERG, AIR Pride, is excited to celebrate Pride Month with a conversation about race and gender identity/sexual orientation titled, “Not Just Queer: The Intersection of LGBTQ+ and Race.”
Through the conversation, AIR Pride will provide information to facilitate an understanding of the issues and needs of our co-workers, colleagues, and clients who live with the potential bias and discrimination from both identities.
AIR Pride will facilitate an open discussion about race and orientation where attendees can ask questions, make comments, or discuss ways to apply the information to AIR’s research and work.
A panel of three researchers and advocates representing Black, Latino, and Asian LGBTQ+ communities will provide insights, share experiences, and discuss current work that addresses the intersectionality of race and gender identity/sexual orientation.
This event is co-sponsored by three other ERGs at AIR: AIR BLAAC Diaspora Network, AIR VIVA, and AIR Asians in Motion. The event will take place live in AIR’s Washington, DC offices and will be broadcast on GoToWebinar for AIR’s other offices and remote staff.
Bank of America
At Bank of America, our annual celebration of LGBT+ PRIDE Month is robust and broad. It starts with how we cultivate a culture of inclusion that encourages our employees to bring our full selves to work every day.
In addition to the personalized celebration plans that our local market teams have worked hard to develop for their cities, this year, we will be recognizing the LGBT+ community throughout the month of June in a number of ways:
The Baxter Equality Network (BEN) was established in 2012 to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and straight ally employees to be their authentic selves and reach their full potential as professionals.
We now have nearly 600 members worldwide with multiple new chapters established on a yearly basis. BEN chapters hold events throughout the year.
To kick things off for Pride Month and the BRG’s signature month in June, a global contest was held across all Baxter facilities to design a t-shirt to be worn by employees for this year’s Pride events.
Across the U.S. and around the world, multiple Baxter offices will be raising the Pride Flag during the first weeks of the month; our annual “Wear Your Pride to Work Day” will be held mid-June; and employees will be participating in multiple Pride Parades around the world.
Best Buy is doing quite a bit for Pride Month this year, including:
Booz Allen Hamilton
This year, Pride takes on added significance for our LGBTQ employee network, GLOBE, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary at the firm!
In addition to Pride month (June) activities, the firm and GLOBE also recognized and participated in activities for DC Capital Trans Pride and Black Pride week during the month of May.
In June, there are a number of firm- and GLOBE-sponsored activities that employees can engage with:
June 3—LatinX Pride Panel: LGBTQ Immigrant Narratives. GLOBE and our Latin American employee network are partnering with the Center for American Progress, National Center for Transgender Equality, Translatin@ Coalition, Hispanic Federation, and more for a panel discussion on the intersection of LGBTQ, Latinx, and immigrant identities.
June 5—Military Health Pride Brown Bag which will include a conversation with Ms. Shawn Skelley, a former 20-year Naval Officer and Obama Administration official who was the first transgender veteran to be appointed by a President of the United States.
June 8—Walking in DC’s Capital Pride Parade
June 9—Participating in DC’s Capital Pride Festival, where our LGBTQ employee network, GLOBE, will be sponsoring a recruitment booth.
The firm and GLOBE also recognize a number of regional Pride celebrations that Booz Allen employees in those geographies can also engage with:
Our first affinity group was an LGBTQ group in Rochester, started 14 years ago. This year we’ve introduced Stellar Pride which supports employees at all of our locations.
We have the following activities planned:
What’s exciting about these is that it the first time the business, marketing, and our BRG have partnered to engage our employees in these activities. We have employees and key customers walking in all of these parades. Our employees are so excited. For Rochester, this is the first time we’ve participated in the parade, despite being active in the LGBTQ community for a number of years.
Our story is one of progress. This BRG didn’t exist in November, neither did our Women’s Early Career Professionals, or Hispanic/Latinx BRGs. We will end our fiscal year with the kick-off of our African American BRG for black history month. It’s a really fun and exciting time for us.
Capgemini is proud to support WorldPride and participate in the NYC Pride March and Chicago Pride March on June 30 and Grand Rapids Pride Festival on June 15.
Capgemini employees will be joined by clients and business partners in the march that celebrates the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Allies and others) community.
Capgemini strives to provide a forum for education and awareness by supporting the professional growth of the LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex and Allies) community through events, the availability of inclusive benefits and Employee Resource Groups (ERGs).
Capgemini’s ERG, OUTfront, passionately and actively advocates for diversity initiatives within the LGBTQIA+ community. The initiatives are designed to develop an internal culture of LGBTQIA+ inclusion and awareness through educational content in support of an open-minded working environment.
For example, OUTfront conducts internal trainings on LGBT+ topics, and hosts panel discussions about LGBTQIA+ inclusion in consulting and tech. Another important objective of OUTfront is establishing strategic connections with groups such as the National LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce and Lesbians Who Tech to create inroads for LGBTQIA+ community recruitment and inclusion.
Through OUTfront, Capgemini has worked hard to understand and include the needs of the LGBTQIA+ community. We have garnered several accolades over the years including a 2019 ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality’ by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
You can find out more about Capgemini’s World Pride activities and LGBTQIA+ efforts here.
Below is information on events taking place at Chevron locations to celebrate and acknowledge Pride Month:
Chico’s FAS is celebrating Pride across all of its brands (Chico’s, Soma, TellTale, and White House Black Market) and shared services.
To launch, Chico’s FAS shared internal communications across the company about the 50th anniversary of Stonewall and is selling “FREE TO BE ME @Chico’s FAS” shirts internally through the month that will benefit the AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
The company gathered testimonials from Associates for a #Pride social media campaign to be shared on LinkedIn and Instagram. Part of this campaign will feature photos of Associates wearing the “FREE TO BE ME” shirts at an event towards the end of the month.
The Chico’s FAS Book Club is also reading the memoir Boy Erased and will have a discussion in July about their thoughts and impressions on the author Garrard Conley’s experiences.
For Chubb here are some updates on what we are doing for June:
At location 59 in Las Vegas we will be holding a PRIDE Day on June 14th.
The Estée Lauder Companies
The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC) celebrates Pride and our consumers and employees who identify or are allies of the LGBTQA community with programming that complements the Company’s year-round support of the LGBTQA community.
The Company’s Pride activities include amplification of behind-the-scenes legislative work, support of Pride Fest in partnership with M·A·C, sponsorship of the annual Brooklyn Pride 5K Run in partnership with ELC’s wELCome employee resource group, and amplification of event activations, social, instore and product initiatives led by the brands in ELC’s portfolio.
ELC is a longtime pioneer of LGBTQ equality and is committed to driving real progress by ensuring our workplace celebrates and values the diversity and individuality of every employee.
Notably, ELC has most recently joined the Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a group of more than 160 businesses that support the Human Rights Campaign in its efforts to drive legislation in Congress, which would guarantee comprehensive, non-discriminatory protections for LGBTQ people under U.S. civil rights laws.
This past year, ELC’s most senior leaders added their names and the Company’s name behind efforts for transgender rights—further reinforcing the Company’s commitment to leveraging our voice to advance equality.
In addition, The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ranked ELC as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” having achieved a perfect score of 100 percent for HRC’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index for a third consecutive year.
This year’s perfect score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index also marks the tenth time ELC has accomplished this feat in the 17 years HRC has been conducting its surveys.
In honor of Pride Month, ELC featured six employees who shared their unique perspectives on what Pride means to them. Please find the quotes below:
“Pride is an important time to offer love not only to one another, but most importantly to yourself.” — Randy, Associate of Retail Education, Bumble and bumble (pictured top left in photo above photo).
“For me, Pride month is a thank you for acceptance.” — Kearaha, Video Editor, Bumble and bumble (pictured top middle in above photo).
“I dream of a world where diversity is what unifies people. Recognizing people’s differences is a source of improvement for humankind.” — Jean-Ives, VP and GM of Clinique and Lab Series, Travel Retail Worldwide (pictured top right in above photo).
“Pride Month means using my own voice to advocate for inclusion and belonging for all people no matter who you love or how you identify.” — Jackie, Corporate Affairs Associate in Global Communications (pictured bottom left in above photo).
“Pride symbolizes an opportunity to help those who don’t have the same opportunities and voice, reducing inequality, fear and violence. — Paul, Estée Lauder Online International eCommerce Manager (pictured bottom middle in above photo).
“Pride means uninhibited self-expression.” — Nicole, Director, Product Development-Eye Category, M·A·C (pictured bottom right in above photo).
Here are some bullets describing how EY is celebrating and acknowledging Pride Month:
FMC will celebrate Pride Month with several fun and inspiring events presented by Spectrum an Employee Resource Group within Diversity and Inclusion. FMC will be starting off Pride month by attending the Pride Parade in Philadelphia.
Then there will be a kickoff event at Stine Research Center, there we will be planting the D&I tree and celebrating with Rita’s water ice, a local favorite.
To engage our family, friends and allies, we will have Allies for LGBTQ sessions at Stine, Philadelphia Headquarters and Ewing Research Center.
To end the Pride month activities there will be a closing event with Quizzo, a team trivia game, in Philadelphia. Our goals are to raise awareness about LGBTQ equality, build a network of allies and advocates, and support our LGBTQ colleagues.
Fifth Third Bank
Please see the note below for the Fifth Third Bank PRIDE activities in Cincinnati and Eastern Michigan:
Walkers will be passing out Fifth Third-branded goodies, wearing Fifth Third PRIDE t-shirts and carrying signs displaying the message: “Everyone deserves to live a Fifth Third better.”
Walkers will also carry a banner showcasing Fifth Third’s 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, which is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
Food Lion (An Ahold Delhaize Company)
Food Lion and its LGBTQA (known as Friends) Business Resource Group (BRG) is partnering with several affinity organizations, corporate business partners, and community groups to grow its customer base, increase sales, and build brand loyalty. They are sponsoring and participating in Pride Luncheons, Food Lion Feed’s Initiative, Festivals and Parades in the Carolinas and Washington, DC in 2019.
Events and/or activities include the following: Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fund- The Happening; Capital Pride in Washington, DC; Salisbury, NC Pride; NC Black Gay Pride, Charlotte, NC; Charlotte, NC Pride and South Carolina Pride in Columbia, SC. Volunteers wear company branded t-shirts with pride logos and/ or emblems at the parades and festival booths.
A Retail Flyer is posted on over 1,000 Retail Bulletin Boards inside the Food Lion stores. Communications shred on the flyer include:
Here are some of the major activities that we are hosting here at Freddie Mac led by our Pride ERG:
This event is co-sponsored by our PRIDE and ARISE ERGs, and several business divisions.
For Pride Month GroupM will have the following executions:
The emails will appeal to ones senses: Queer Eye – (movies, books, tv shows), Hear Us Out – (music, artists, podcasts & speeches), Taste of Culture – (cultural uniqueness such as Drag, Ball, Vogue), Touch of Support – (ways to support the LGBTQ+ community).
Health Care Service Corporation
Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the parent company of five Blue Cross Blue Shield plans including Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas, has several activities planned in the celebration of National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.
Our Pride Alliance BRG focuses on LGBTQ employees and allies and aims to foster inclusion through educational seminars, while creating employee cultural awareness activities. They also host networking, mentoring and community outreach efforts.
Additionally, HCSC will send out a company-wide communication and use in house monitors to recognize June as LGBT Pride Month and invite all employees to participate in Pride month activities. These efforts support our LGBTQ employees and serve as a reminder that HCSC is a company where all employees can bring their authentic selves to work.
Below is a list of activities planned in celebration of Pride Month. These events are supported and attend by our Pride Alliance BRG members, Allies and other interested HCSC employees.
HP is a long time supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, having launched one of the first LGBTQ+ employee resource groups over 30 years ago.
That support continues today with 18 active Pride Impact Networks around the world.
We have an exciting line up of global events to support this year’s Pride Month theme: Together in Pride.
We will spend the month of June celebrating the contribution of the LGBTQ+ community inside and outside of HP. This year’s Pride Month celebration includes:
Throughout 2019, HSBC will be celebrating Pride. HSBC USA is supporting World Pride as a Platinum Sponsor, and hundreds of employees, friends and family will be joined by HSBC U.S. CEO Pat Burke to march with the HSBC float in the New York City parade on June 30.
Ahead of the event, HSBC is helping bring a splash of color to New York City through the World Mural Project, a showcase of street art by local and international artists that reflect and honor the beauty, struggle and strides of the LGBT+ community.
Other HSBC USA celebrations include:
Globally, the HSBC Pride Network supports an inclusive environment through LGBT+ engagement in the workplace. It now has more than 7,000 members in 21 different countries.
In 2019, HSBC is also taking part in Pride parades in cities around the world including Hong Kong, Sydney, Milan, Birmingham (UK), Mexico City and Toronto.
Supporting the LGBT+ community is an express of HSBC values to be open, dependable and connected, and helps us create an environment where people are valued, respected and supported to achieve their potential.
The D&I Office has published a calendar event visible to all staff about this and are also encouraging colleagues to wear the rainbow pins we distributed in May for IDAHOT day.
June has arrived – the celebration of LGBT+ employees throughout JLL and the communities we serve. At JLL, we succeed through inclusion and value providing a culture where LGBT+ employees can achieve their ambitions.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and JLL is proud to be participating in seven pride parades across the U.S., including Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Denver and Portland. During the month of June, we’re also bringing innovative programming to offices across the U.S. celebrating the contributions and history of the LGBT+ community.
During the first half of 2019, we were recognized for a fifth consecutive year with a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index, we celebrated our third consecutive year partnering with PFLAG to bring the Straight for Equality workplace training program to our employees and were proud to be the first organization to launch a global pride campaign featuring the use of the font ‘Gilbert’ made possible through typewithpride.com.
When we come together, we have the power to make our ambitions possible. That’s why we fully embrace diversity, inclusion and equality. To shape a better tomorrow for our people, our communities and our industry.
Johns Hopkins University
We are pleased to announce that as part of Johns Hopkins’ recognition of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month in June, the university and health system will participate in Pride events in Baltimore, Maryland; St. Petersburg, Florida; and Washington, D.C. This is the third consecutive year that Johns Hopkins is taking part in multi-city Pride events.
Each year, Johns Hopkins’ Pride presence has grown tremendously. From five marchers in 2016 to colorful crowds of about 400 last year across the enterprise, our staff members, faculty members and students have continued to show strong support for and solidarity with the LGBTQ communities we serve.
As our participation in Pride celebrations has grown over the years, so has our focus on providing valuable resources at the events. Johns Hopkins volunteers and health experts will pass out educational materials relevant to the LGBTQ community.
Join Johns Hopkins at Baltimore Pride
Sign up today to march in the Baltimore Pride Parade with your Johns Hopkins community! To register, follow this link.
The parade begins at 1:00 on Saturday, June 15, 2019 in Baltimore’s Charles Village neighborhood. Marchers should plan to arrive at 11:30am. Click here for more information about Johns Hopkins at the Pride parade.
This year, the parade begins close to Homewood, in Charles Village. Therefore, we invite you to join us in the courtyard outside the LGBTQ Life office at 3003 North Charles Street beginning at 11:30am on Saturday, June 15. We’ll be handing out shirts, taking pictures, and enjoying our community. We’ll proceed to our line-up spot at 12:00pm for the parade to begin at 1:00pm. We look forward to marching with you and showing our #HopkinsPride!
Other Pride Events
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month is celebrated each year in the month of June to remember the 1969 Stonewall riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots, a series of demonstrations by members of the LGBTQ community against a police raid that took place at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, were the tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States.
This year, NYC Pride welcomes World Pride to mark the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and a half-century of LGBTQIA+ liberation.
To honor the month and to celebrate LGBTQ PRIDE, L’Oréal USA and the Out@L’Oréal employee-led Think Tank has planned a robust agenda of events.
The goal is to highlight L’Oréal as a global organization that supports the LGBT community. Throughout the month of June, the following events are planned:
#MARCHFORME Instagram Campaign
On Monday, June 10, Out@L’Oreal is launching a social media campaign called #MarchForMe. Out@L’Oréal will be marching on behalf of employees around the world and the general public who aren’t able to be there in person (for reasons ranging from financial, disabilities, people who aren’t comfortable being out, etc.).
People are invited to submit photos and videos which will be shown on huge screens on the Out@L’Oréal Pride float, thereby bringing others along and allowing them to feel a part of this World Pride movement.
Out L’Oréal will issue an invitation on Instagram, inviting anyone interested to take part in the campaign. By creating access and opportunity for all on a global scale via Instagram submissions, L’Oréal will feature images from employees, influencers & consumers that will be displayed via LED screen on the Out@L’Oréal float in the World Pride Parade in New York City on June 30 and via Instagram.
Submissions will be able to represent their brand, location and individuality. Through this initiative, “86k L’Oréal Employees March for World Pride 2019,” the company will engage people around the world.
During PRIDE Week
Beginning June 24, a series of events will take place in New York:
“Out@L’Oréal is energized and is identifying opportunities to better engage with and bring about change in the LGBTQ community in and outside of L’Oréal USA,” said Xavier Vey, President, L’Oréal LUXE USA and Executive Sponsor of Out@L’Oréal.
“I’m very proud to serve as the Executive Sponsor of OUT@LOREAL and strongly believe that it’s important for L’Oréal USA to support all the different dimensions of diversity, including the LGBTQ community.”
Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC, an independent, privately held investment management firm is furthering its commitment to diversity and inclusion—within the organization and beyond—with a series of events that will take place during Pride Month.
Outlining the firm’s activities, James White, Head of Diversity & Inclusion, said, “Our Pride Month celebration at Lord Abbett, which highlights the 50th year anniversary of Stonewall, is a reflection of our values as a company in driving equality for the LGBTQ+ community and all underrepresented communities.”
Lord Abbett’s Pride Month activities kicked off in bold style as the firm illuminated its headquarters on the Jersey City waterfront in the colors of the rainbow pride flag on the night of June 3, 2019. The lights will continue to show Lord Abbett’s support for the LGBTQ+ community every night in June.
In addition, Lord Abbett will host “Straight for Equality in the Workplace” ally training led by Jean-Marie Navetta, Director of Learning & Inclusion for PFLAG National, the nation’s first and largest organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people, their families, and allies.
Later in June, Brian Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National, will host a fireside chat at Lord Abbett with Jim Obergefell, the self-described accidental activist who was the plaintiff in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality case.
Obergefell will share the story of his role as caregiver for his partner of more than 20 years, who was nearing the end of his life due to ALS. An unexpected series of events led to their decision to marry, eventually taking Obergefell to the Supreme Court and the ground-breaking decision in Obergefell v. Hodges that resulted in victory for marriage equality.
Month of June:
MassMutual is celebrating Pride Month by welcoming LGBTQ activist Amber Hikes to our Springfield, Mass. headquarters on June 20.
Hikes, the executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, is well-known for developing a new version of the rainbow flag that added black and brown stripes.
She will speak at the Pride Business Resource Group’s annual event that is open to all employees. Hikes’ speech will be centered on three concepts: the foundation of the LGBTQ community, intersectionality and allyship.
For Pride Month in June of 2019, the McDonald’s National and MHQ Pride Employee Business Networks are working together to celebrate our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Queer employees, customers and communities like never before. We will accomplish our mission in June ’19 by focusing on three pillars: Visibility, Engagement, and Celebration.
To be even more visible, the MHQ Pride Network will distribute Pride t-shirts, buttons, and stickers at various MHQ communal areas. This type of swag generates awareness for the Pride Network and promotes a culture of inclusivity.
We will be visible everywhere and plan to utilize distribution lists to communicate various Pride updates across Field Offices and MHQ.
The Webcast provided over 100 attendees with updates on business performance, Pride events, Pride Month History, and even featured Executives from the AIDS Foundation of Chicago.
The reception featured special guest Tim Andersen, US VP of Operations and the National PRIDE Executive Chair.
3. CALL TO CELEBRATE
The Chicago Pride Parade is an annual hallmark of Chicago’s summer celebrations. We are excited with the enthusiasm, support and sponsorship of Global People leadership, our MHQ Pride network members, and the hundreds of anticipated McDonald’s attendees and volunteers.
New York Life
New York Life is celebrating Pride Month with several exciting activities and events.
The ERG will also host a reception for Rep. Mark Takano, the first openly gay person of color to be elected to Congress.
Next, NYLPRIDE partners with PFLAG (the nation’s largest family and ally LGBTQ+ organization), broadening the understanding of gender with their “Gender Jargon” event, as well as demonstrating how to be better allies to the LGBTQ+ community.
Another highlight is having Amber Hikes, executive director of the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ+ Affairs for the City of Philadelphia, speak on intersectionality as she challenges and empowers the attendees on how to be better allies.
NYLPRIDE believes in giving back to the community and is having networking fund raising activities throughout the month to benefit The Trevor Project, which is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ young people under 25.
This will be New York Life’s seventh year supporting NYC Pride with a float in the March.
Northern Trust kicked off the month by updating the name of our North America LGBTA Business Resource Councils to NT PRIDE.
We will be participating in Pride Month via a number of different activities across our two largest offices in North America (Chicago and Tempe).
In both Chicago and Tempe, the Pride flag will be prominently displayed. Chicago’s flag will wave over the streets of Chicago outside of our headquarter building on LaSalle Street all month long.
The Tempe chapter of NT PRIDE is hosting a “Flying the Flag” ceremony on June 3 for all employees to commemorate the occasion in their location.
Our Chicago NT PRIDE chapter is hosting “Creating Cultures of Belonging,” an event featuring Out & Equal Executive Director Erin Uritus.
In alignment with Northern Trust valuing diversity as an essential element of our corporate culture, Erin will discuss the state of LGBTQ workplace equality and offer leadership strategies for fostering inclusion and belonging in the workplace.
We are looking forward to hosting members of Citywide Pride in addition to our own employees for this impactful event which will be followed by networking.
Additionally, Northern Trust’s Chicago office will be participating in the 50th Annual Pride Parade scheduled for June 30.
We have partnered with United Way of Metro Chicago as well as United Pride for the march in the parade. Our participants will wear a baseball hat from Northern Trust and a t-shirt from United Pride. Worth mentioning is that our Tempe NT PRIDE chapter participated in the Tempe Pride Parade this past April.
Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) facilitates the Novartis vision. It supports business and people strategies by encouraging innovation, driving engagement, and attracting talent. It is a fundamental part of our employee experience to enable growth, impact, and leadership. Through D&I, Novartis can help shape society as a whole with commitments to equity and economic and social sustainability.
We want every associate to feel acknowledged, respected and their voices heard to create a culture where everyone, including our LGBTQ associates, can present their full identity at work. We are proud that Novartis has pledged to uphold the United Nations LGBTI Code of Conduct standards of conduct for business for tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex people– We support the five principles:
In the US, Novartis is celebrating Pride Month through various events and activities on and off campus. With the Pride Flag flying across US sites including East Hanover, Princeton, and Cambridge, we encourage associates to engage in storytelling on social media and internally, to foster inclusive conversations. A special webcast is planned to connect Novartis US sites with Basel headquarters to share reflections on why LGBTI equity matters at Novartis.
Our OPEN employee resource group (ERG) hit the ground running, beginning with the Garden State Equality Ball in Asbury Park, where Governor Murphy officially opened Pride Month for NJ, followed by the Pride parade. In Cambridge, Novartis’ Institutes for Biomedical Research (NIBR) also plans to walk in Boston’s Pride parade. Boston Pride’s theme this year is honoring the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Inn uprising and they are creating a float listing milestone events within the LGBTQ community in the US and globally. NIBR has marched in the parade for the last 5 years and has won awards for best float in previous years.
Other events include a fundraising drive for the Hetrick-Martin Institute in Newark – the first comprehensive LGBTQ youth out-of-school time program in New Jersey dedicated to providing youth who are at-risk of harassment, abuse, neglect, homelessness and disconnection with a safe, supportive environment in which to grow and thrive.
LGBTQ events will continue throughout the year, focusing on creating greater awareness of LGBTQ issues, strengthening our OPEN ERG membership, to create a culture of diversity and inclusion. In addition, specific health issues and concerns within the LGBTQ community will remain a priority with programs planned related to “Coming Out” Day in October.
Novartis US is very proud of our PRIDE events planned for this special month. We work to bring our vision of re-imagining medicine to life through valuing the diversity of people, nurturing an inclusive environment, and shaping positive social change.
Sanofi North America
Sanofi’s North America Inclusion and Diversity team, PRIDE Connect Employee Resource Group, and Parents Connect Employee Resource Group are hosting an inspirational program in honor of PRIDE Month – “The Cool in You: Powerful Stories and Conversation on Gender Identity.”
We are partnering with the GenderCool Project – a national storytelling campaign that is opening up the conversation around gender. On June 20, we will have five diverse transgender young people, GenderCool Champions, on site to share their journeys and insights into their daily lives, passions, successes and future goals. This program will demonstrate how people thrive when they are supported, included, and uplifted.
Sanofi employees are invited to bring their children, middle school age and older, to view this program. This is a way for Sanofi to offer parents an opportunity to support their child’s LGBTQ+ identity and for the students to hear affirming and empowering experiences from peers.
In recognition and celebration of LGBT Pride Month this June, Sodexo, in partnership with its Employee Business Resource Group PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality), has planned several activities.
Sodexo kicked off LGBT Pride Month early on May 17th, the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), with a global webinar called “A conversation with LGBTQ Executives in Sodexo”.
The webinar highlighted the journeys of several Sodexo’s LGBT executives from around the world and was designed to raise awareness and stimulate interest in LGBT rights. This year, over 400 employees joined the IDAHOTB webinar, which included employee viewing parties around the world.
As part of the kick off, PRIDE also launched two LGBT videos that showcased several proud Sodexo allies inviting other employees to join the movement.
Sodexo PRIDE, a proud sponsor of Capital Pride, will have groups marching in the Capital Pride, Buffalo Pride, and the Rhode Island Parades. Sodexo employees, families, and friends are invited and encouraged to take part in these parades.
Other activities open to our Sodexo employees include a Lunch and Learn on ways to be an ally, which will take place at the Pride Center of Western New York (WNY), as well as an Acts of Love Community Clean-Up in Orlando, FL
Internal celebrations are being promoted across Sodexo locations using various channels including: posters, internal websites, newsletters and social media.
Sodexo has consistently been recognized for its work in support of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces and communities. The latest achievement includes recognitions from organizations such as Workplace Pride Survey, Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Out & Equal, and DiversityInc as one of the Top Companies for LGBT Employees.
To celebrate Pride Month, employee volunteers and their families painted a rainbow crosswalk at the corporate HQ in San Diego. Read about it here.
Additionally, we have messaging throughout our sites sharing messaging celebrating Pride month and the company’s commitment to an inclusive culture. We also have Pride flags positioned throughout the campus.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermo Fisher Scientific will be represented in parades in:
This year, Unilever is sponsoring 2019 WorldPride in New York City, which marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and WorldPride, to celebrate the progress made by the LGBTQIA+ community.
As a corporate ally to the LGBTQIA+ community, Unilever remains committed to championing equality, unity, fairness and respect within and beyond its business.
The company launched “United We Stand,” a Pride campaign that turns over the reins of its WorldPride sponsorship to six New York based organizations and six people at the forefront of communicating LGBTQIA+ culture to highlight the issues that merit decisive action.
“It is our privilege to provide a platform to the organizations that are on the front line of assisting with these important issues. The six allies we are partnering with for the United We Stand campaign work tirelessly to bring about equality and well-being to the LGBTQIA+ community,” said Mita Mallick, Head of Diversity and Cross-Cultural Marketing at Unilever North America.
“Acceptance and inclusion of the uniqueness of every individual is at the heart of our business. Through our partnership this Pride, we hope to galvanize a new wave of support for each of these organizations to continue in their important work of advocacy, support and education within the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond.”
Pride Month is here, and Unum is ready to celebrate! 19 years ago, this month, June was declared LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the U.S. This month commemorates the historic Stone Wall riots that occurred at the end of June in 1969 and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and their positive impacts on the country.
As part of Unum’s goal to embrace the power of inclusion and diversity, there will be many events taking place in June to celebrate Pride Month across our U.S. campuses in Baton Rouge, LA; Chattanooga, TN; Portland, ME; Columbia, SC; and Glendale, CA.
These activities and webcast events are also made available to employees at our Field Offices and for home workers across the country.
Live viewing sessions and an online webcast are available for all company employees in the U.S., U.K., Ireland, Field Offices and home workers.
This second installment is a wonderful opportunity for employees to hear the impactful and eye-opening experiences and stories of their colleagues. Last year, the panel event received positive feedback from Unum’s senior leaders and executives as an eye-opening and inspiring event.
Why is this important to Unum?
Making sure everyone feels safe and comfortable coming to work and bringing their best selves is a top priority for Unum. We believe that embracing everyone’s diversity, back grounds and identities creates an environment that can thrive and provide greater service as a company.
Pride Month is just one of many important movements that Unum supports and embraces. Recently, Unum became a sponsor of Equality Maine and GLAD (GLBTQ Legal Advocates & Defenders), and the company secured a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for being one of the most inclusive places to work.
For Pride Month and all cultural celebrations, the Diversity & Inclusion team creates physical standing banners for our high volume offices and Customer Care Centers. We also have a similar graphic featured in a prominent location on our company intranet site.
In addition, USC Pride Associate Resource Group is hosting and participating in various events and activities through the month of June including:
Verizon is celebrating Pride Month with the theme: “All of Us. Connected by Pride.” We are all different and yet we understand and connect with one another. We have different activities planned for the month:
Here are a few key events that our LGBT ERG (Emerge) is spearheading in June at Viacom for Pride Month:
This year, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, Wells Fargo is sponsoring several events to commemorate a significant, and pivotal moment in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) history.
Wells Fargo is:
Zurich North America
Zurich is proud to be celebrating Pride Month in honor of the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer) community and its allies and is committed to providing a diverse and inclusive culture for all employees.
The PrideZ Employee Resource Group (ERG) provides development opportunities for employees, encourages open dialogue across the organization, and celebrates the diverse backgrounds and opinions that make up our workforce.
LGBTQ Pride Month kicks off at Zurich with Annual Color Campaign
PrideZ will once again conduct The Color Campaign during the month of June to show Zurich’s support for the LGBTQ community.
During these weeks, employees are encouraged to wear a designated color corresponding to the LGBTQ rainbow flag and share their pride by posting a selfie on the company’s Workplace site and/or on external social media sites, such as LinkedIn or Twitter.
Below is the color schedule for the month:
Additional events hosted by PrideZ include: