Will Hartshorn, BCS Stonewall Lead
“At BCS Consulting we are passionately committed to providing our people with an inclusive environment where they can feel safe and confident enough to bring their authentic selves to work.
We are really proud to support Pride 2019 because whilst there have been significant improvements to better include LGBT people in society, unfortunately many still face challenges. For example, research has shown that more than half of young LGBT people are not open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at work because they worry they will face discrimination from managers and colleagues. Also, the LGBT community is still very often subject to negative perceptions in sports.
Since we became a Stonewall Diversity Champion, we’ve been working with Stonewall to improve and promote further LGBT inclusion within the Company. Stonewall is Europe’s largest organisation campaigning for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people and their Diversity Champions programme is the leading employer’s programme for ensuring all LGBT staff are accepted without exception in the workplace.
June and July are busy months for us and we’ve recently launched a number of initiatives aimed at visually demonstrating our support for the LGBT community, both inside and outside our Company. These include changing the BCS logo on our social media platforms to reflect Pride branding and supplying rainbow laces to Team BCS, who will be making their way up to Coventry for the Europe Corporate Games in August, amongst other initiatives.”