Who’s up for London Pride this year?


Stonewall recently carried out a survey called LGBT in Britain – work report. And whilst there’s definitely some progress that’s been made in reducing discrimination and improving the inclusion of LGBT people, Ciprian Arhire, the CIPD’s Regional Support Executive for HR and OD projects, is worried that we’ve still a long way to go until “we remove bias, ignorance and start creating an inclusive environment at work and in our societies.”

The highlight’s from Stonewall’s survey would certainly reinforce that statement. 18% of LGBT staff have been the target of negative comments or conduct from work colleagues in the last year because they're LGBT, with 12% of trans people stating that they’ve been physically attacked by customers or colleagues in the last year because of being trans. What’s more, 10% of black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT staff have been physically attacked because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

Some 35% of LGBT+ people don’t feel it’s safe to be themselves in the workplace (and hide their sexual orientation or gender identity), as they’re afraid of discrimination. And 12% of lesbian, gay and bi people say they wouldn’t feel confident reporting any homophobic or biphobic bullying, while 21% of trans people wouldn’t report transphobic bullying in the workplace.

Statistics like this are seemingly part of why the CIPD is speaking out. Yet it’s also a topic that’s close to their heart. Back in February 2017, the CIPD launched an LGBT+ and Friends Group which aimed to provide a support network for LGBT+ colleagues and to raise awareness around LGBT+ workplace issues. In the past two years they’ve tackled unconscious bias, appropriate language and terminology and embedded more inclusion into their own practices.

Brad Taylor, People Director at the CIPD mentioned in our internal communications, “The CIPD is committed to creating an inclusive workplace, where everyone is recognised and valued, regardless of their gender identity, and where barriers that prevent people from feeling at ease and respected are removed. The whole leadership team at the CIPD passionately believes that people matter and we want to create an inclusive work environment where all our colleagues feel confident bringing their whole selves to work."

Ciprian Arhire says, “As people professionals, we have a responsibility to support the development of inclusive organisational cultures where people feel they can be themselves, where they are valued, and they can be productive. We need to partner with leaders in our organisations to drive the D&I agenda. We need to hear voices across our organisation to identify the challenges people are having in feeling a sense of belonging and we need to create inclusive policies and drive the practice of them.”

And that’s why the CIPD is marching for the second year at the London Pride March on 7th July. The question is, will you? Places are limited, but any members are welcome to get in contact and they’d love it if you could join them.

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Thursday, 24 May 2018

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