June is the month in which LGBTQIA+ Pride is celebrated, with reference to June 28, when the famous Stonewall Uprising in 1969 is remembered. The New York bar that brought together vulnerable LGBT people was a constant target of abuse by police authorities and, although the wave of demonstrations following the incident on that date was not the first recorded in the United States, it became a milestone in the movement for the rights of the LGBTQIA+ population.
It was at this time that the first activist organizations emerged. In Brazil, the movements only started at the end of the dictatorship.
Important achievements have been achieved over time in these and several countries. In the labor market, the inclusion of sexual diversity is still a topic to be discussed in companies.
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In 2020, the company became an official signatory to the Standards of Business Conduct for Tackling Discrimination against Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Trans and Intersex, presented by the Office of the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights. Several actions are taken by the company around the world to promote the inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees.
In June, the company organized the 4th Inclusion and Diversity Week with opinion makers and representatives of institutions and civil society groups, including LGBTQIA+, to bring the subject under discussion within the company.
The company’s global CEO celebrated diversity on social media this LGBTQ+ Pride Month and said he is personally committed to promoting this mindset and taking the necessary steps to create a rewarding workplace where all employees can embrace their true authentic self.
Within the Nestlé Careers portal, the company launched a page aimed at the LGBTQI+ audience, where it is possible to register to learn about events and job opportunities.
A special series of podcasts was launched by the company in the LGBTQI+ Pride Month with the discussion of themes such as diversity & inclusion, sexual orientation and the role of gender in society.
The LGBTI+ diversity inclusion and promotion group, formed in Brazil by company employees in 2017, was a pioneer and is considered a reference in the implementation of diversity policies in other countries where the company is present. Various activities are carried out by this group here and around the world.
A recent signatory of the LGBTI+ Business and Rights Forum, Roche held an interview with employees of the company’s diversity front to debate the importance of diversity in the corporate environment.
The CEO of Syngenta Group spoke on social media giving visibility to the company’s LGBT+ community and committing to ensuring an inclusive work environment where everyone is respected, welcome and included.
The company presents information about the actions it has taken to give voice and opportunity to all employees. In 2020, Zurich was featured in the Exame Diversity guide, in addition to other recognitions received.