Spotlight on Companies Celebrating Pride Month 2020: How do companies support the LGBTQIA+ cause?

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During Pride Month 2020, we asked some of our company partners to share with us what they do to celebrate Pride and support their LGBTQIA+ employees. Have a read below to see some of the initiatives our companies have implemented - if they impress you with their innovative ideas, make sure to check out their company profiles and follow them to keep up to date with their news, events and job opportunities!


AMAZON 

Who are Amazon?

Amazon is the largest internet-based retailer in the world with over 50,000 employees globally. Check out their company page here for more information. 

How does Amazon protect and support their LGBTQIA+ employees?

Glamazon is Amazon’s internal affinity group dedicated to the LGBTQIA+ cause. Glamazon helps make Amazon a great place to work by educating and informing employees about LGBTQIA+ issues and events, both within the business and in the local community. The group also aims to provide mentorship to existing LGBTQIA+ employees and promote visibility in recruiting. Outside of the company, glamazon sponsors events and Pride parades around the globe, allowing Amazon to show its support for the LGBTQIA+ community on the global stage. 

These efforts ensure that LGBTQIA+ employees at Amazon feel supported by their employer and, as an affinity group, they are able to shape policy that improves diversity within the workplace. You can read about glamazon’s history in this blog post and read this interview with a glamazon member to get a more detailed insight into the great work they do!


MACQUARIE

Who are Macquarie?

Macquarie is a diversified financial group providing clients with asset management and finance, banking, advisory and risk and capital solutions across debt, equities and commodities. Their global operations include offices in the world’s major financial centres. Founded in 1969, Macquarie operates in 30 markets, employs more than 15,715 people and has a total of £305.8 billion assets under management (as at 31 March 2019). Check out their company profile here for more. 

How does Macquarie support their LGBTQIA+ employees?

Macquarie aims to promote awareness and educate their employees on the LGBT+ community and inspire them to get involved, and they do this in several ways. 

Within the company, Macquarie has celebrated Pride season, IDAHOBIT, LGBT+ History Month, Wear it Purple Day, Coming Out Day, World AIDS Day, Trans Awareness Week, as well as Trans, Lesbian and Bi Visibility Days, by hosting events which were attended by many of their employees and created awareness through internal communications campaigns. They have also launched a reverse mentoring programme for various European Management Committee members, and created resources on their internal intranet including an Ally Toolkit, Bi Guide and Trans Guide, to ensure that all LGBT+ employees are supported. They have also created a ‘Walk and Talk’ podcast featuring an episode about IDAHOBIT 2020.

Macquarie says “our people are what makes us different”. They recognise that their innovation and ability to continually meet their clients’ evolving needs are all fostered by the diversity of their people and the insights they bring. Over the past year, Macquarie have hosted a number of events for their candidates including a ‘Life@Macquarie’ panel for our Interns, a ‘Pride Insight Day’ for LGBT+ graduates and students, an LGBT+ Leaders’ Conference and a stall at the EurOUT Conference. They were also involved in MyGwork’s ‘WorkPride 2020’ day for LGBT+ graduates and students!

Macquarie have been recognised for the good work they have been doing and their  LGBT+ initiatives over the past year through various accolades. In May 2020, they internally had the most Pride Employee Network Group steering committee members win Macquarie Awards for promoting their brand values, and in January 2020, Macquarie were recognised on the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index as 33rd overall and 3rd in the financial services industry, their highest ever rankings.

The Macquarie Pride Employee Network Group chair, Geff Parsons, ranked in the top quartile of OUTstanding’s annual global Top 100 LGBT+ executives list for the second successive year and won the LGBT+ Inspirational Leader of the Year award at the annual British LGBT Awards! 

Macquarie are proud to be an inclusive and diverse organisation who supports their employees both in and outside of the workplace. To find out more, visit their diversity page or to find out more about our Graduate and Intern Programmes, visit their grad site.


PALO ALTO NETWORKS

Who are Palo Alto Networks?

Palo Alto Networks is the global cybersecurity leader, shaping the future with technology that is transforming the way the world operates. They tackle the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in cloud security, artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. Check out their company profile here for more.

How does Palo Alto Networks support their LGBTQIA+ employees?

Palo Alto has their own LGBTQIA+ Employee Network, an employee-driven group that promotes a culture of belonging amongst its employees. This group helps to promote and support Pride as well as other LGBTQIA+ causes both inside and outside of the company. In this blog post, the president of Palo Alto’s LGBTQIA+ Employee Network details the initiatives put forward by this group so that employees can bring their entire selves to work with them. This includes supporting Pride in Amsterdam, where the company had a sponsored attendance. You can see a video all about this here

Palo Alto also hosted an allies event where a representative from the LGBTQIA+ Employee Network attended to share stories of how allies have helped them in professional settings, in turn encouraging allies to show up for LGBTQIA+ staff. Palo Alto celebrates Pride month with a range of different events across the company. This includes documentary screenings, quizzes, games and guest speakers to make sure it’s a month of education and fun!

Palo Alto Networks recognises Juneteeth, 19th June as their national Diversity and Inclusion day and it is a day off for the global workforce!


VMWARE

Who are VMware? 

VMware software powers the world’s complex digital infrastructure. Their cloud, networking and security, and digital workspace offerings provide a dynamic and efficient digital foundation to customers globally, aided by an extensive ecosystem of partners. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to being a force for good, from their breakthrough innovations to their global impact. You can learn more about who VMware is here: https://www.vmware.com/company.html 

How does VMware support their LGBTQIA+ employees? 

VMware supports their LGBTQ+ employees, in part, through the work they’re doing at the corporate level. You can read more on this here. They also encourage employee-led work, especially through their Power of Difference communities (PODs), which are their Employee Resource Groups. VMware has a Pride@VMware POD and many demographic and international PODs. 

For 2020’s Pride month, VMware adapted and celebrated Pride completely virtually, due to the company guiding most employees to still work from home. Over the course of this period, VMware  hosted virtual career development workshops on personal branding. They also hosted guest speakers like Marine Staff Sergeant Eric Alva, a disabled Iraq veteran and LGTBQ+ rights activist, Star Trek actor and LGBTQ+ rights and marriage equality activist, George Takei, Welsh rugby player Gareth Thomas and Writer and Presenter James Kavanagh. The VMware team have even taken a moment to enjoy a virtual live comedy night. 

While working from home isn’t easy for everyone, VMware found that moving to a virtual format  helped inclusion in some cases, as all of the company’s events are now accessible to our employees around the world. When possible, the company has also hosted events twice so that they can accommodate employees across different time zones, so every employee is encouraged to take part in Pride celebrations. It’s been crucial for VMware that they don’t only focus on fun activities. They are also taking time to educate, remember, and connect with each other so that they remain one of the top LGBTQ+ employers in the world. VMware achieved 100% on the 2020 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, and they are one of the best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality. 

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