IN Awards : LGBT Network of the Year

IN Awards : LGBT Network of the Year

Our finalists are all amazing. Network groups truly rock. The networks are all driving equality in the workplace and beyond and each support a more inclusive society through their awesome work. You only need to look at the diversity in boardrooms to see there’s obviously a long way to go in many organisations where black and ethnic minority and female representation is low – and they lack any LGBT role models. With reported bullying and harassment levels in the workplace on the increase and costing the UK economy £18 billion pounds in lost producivity, there is still inequality in pay levels between men and women in many roles, 62% of LGBT students going back in the closet when they enter the workforce – it’s clear that network groups that drive change and offer a safe space for employees, and a place to seek confidential support, are needed. They are doing a fantastic job and challenging their organisations to ensure equality and diversity are not just buzz words.

Fujitsu, Shine LGBT+ Network

The inclusive network is open to all employees and members are encouraged to participate in the development of the network. They launched an online ‘to do’ list – this allows members to select activities they can participate in. The network has hosted and participated in a number of events including the national Fujitsu Diversity & Inclusion Week, walked in the parades at London and Manchester Pride and co-sponsored a launch party for InterTech in Manchester. They regularly feature in the internal UK Fujitsu magazine and together with other inclusion groups in Fujitsu, they have launched an Inclusion Matters diversity and inclusion newsletter.
Follow the network on Twitter @ShineLGBT

HIGHLY COMMENDED : Lloyds Banking Group, Rainbow Network

The inclusive network has over 2600 members. Their mission is to deliver professional development and support for LGBT colleagues, providing access to people, information, training and resources to enable them to be authentic and to achieve their full potential, whilst working with and supporting their allies to foster a positive and inclusive environment, both internally and externally. Their mentoring scheme is open to all members and supporters. The network issues a monthly newsletter and they have an online forum where members are able to connect with each other. Did you spot one of their Pride GayTMs over the Summer?
Follow the network on Twitter @Rainbow_Network

Photo : The GLEE team with their award

WINNER : PwC, GLEE@PwC

The network is open to everyone and focuses on creating a safe space for PwC’s LGBTI+ staff. They help everyone understand the power of difference in the workplace, engaging PwC staff who may not come to their events by inviting their clients, motivating them to come and learn, allowing GLEE to move the agenda forward. Their 2015 Annual People Survey of 18,000+ staff showed LGB staff are more engaged, more likely to recommend PwC as a place to work, and feel more able to be themselves than their heterosexual counterparts. The network offers a packed calendar of diverse events.
Follow the network on Twitter @GLEEPwCUK

The Health & Social Care (HSC) Service, LGBT Staff Forum

To help raise visibility of the Forum, members and allies provide information stalls in all fifteen hospital sites across Northern Ireland to coincide with local Pride festivals and over 2000 Pride themed lanyards and posters have been distributed. The Forum tweets about health, organisational development and LGBT issues to cross-fertilise a variety of messages and information to health workers, organisations and beyond. The Forum has helped inform a number of key developments including an e-learning programme entitled Creating Inclusive Workplaces – guidelines to support the health care needs of LGBT people in primary care and care guidelines for LGBT people in residential care.
Follow the network on Twitter @LGBT_StaffForum

Transport for London, OUTbound

2015 marks the tenth birthday for the network. Over the past year it has embarked on an unprecedented engagement strategy to increase membership, promote the network, and demonstrate the importance of inclusivity. The networks Twitter following has seen a huge expansion with over 5,900 followers – one of the fastest growing staff network Twitter feeds. During 2015 they launched three #RidewithPride vehicles – a bus, a taxi and a DLR train. This Summer they arranged and facilitated the training of around 1,000 Pride in London volunteers. They also worked with the London Transport Museum to create a limited edition #RidewithPride poster, alongside special edition oyster card wallets.
Follow the network on Twitter @TfLLGBT

York St John University, LGBT Staff Network

The fully inclusive network has increased their visibility by wearing rainbow lanyards that the HR team now offers to all new staff by default. The network has held discussions with the wider University about supporting their LGBT students and staff abroad as well as international students who may have come from a homosexual, bi- and/or transphobic environment. Initiated by the network, the University pledged its support to Stonewall’s #NoBystanders campaign. In its first 18 months, the network has made a significant impact on the University, which although always a welcoming place, is now far more openly LGBT+ friendly and a place where equality is celebrated.
Follow the network on Twitter @YSJULGBTStaff

About The Author

Thomas Anderson

Founder and MD of Inclusive Networks. Thomas was Chair of the award winning LGBT network for The Co-operative Group, ‘Respect’ (2011-14). Thomas named the network and designed and managed all of the branding, communications and engagement until he stepped down from the role of Chair in March 2014. He also created the branding, name, was Editor of the quarterly magazine and developed the launch of the UK’s first Inter-Retail LGBT network ‘CheckOUT’. He contributed to the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index 5 Year review. In recognition of his work in the diversity field he was shortlisted for ‘Diversity Champion of the Year’ at the 2013 European Diversity Awards, shortlisted for ‘Role Model of the Year’ at the 2012 Lesbian & Gay Foundation Homo Heroes Awards and shortlisted for the ‘Positive Action’ award at the 2013 Asian Fire Service Association Fair & Diverse Awards. He also won the 2012 ‘Pride of The Co-operative’ award. He was a judge for Scotland's biggest diversity awards, The Icon Awards in 2016, 2017 and 2018.

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