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During the summer, members of the Pride UK & Ireland employee network committed to marching in both the London and Manchester parade events.
The Pride UK & Ireland network aims to lead and enable lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) colleagues to achieve their full potential through creating a positive, supportive and inclusive working environment.
Co-chair of the network, Nia Jordan, explains the significance of taking part in Pride parades: “For me; taking part in external events such as Pride is not only a way to for LGBT+ and allies to celebrate but it’s also an opportunity to raise awareness about the issues we still encounter because of who we love.
“There are still 70 countries across the world in where it is illegal to be LGBT+, in 14 of those, it is punishable by death*. Globally, homophobic attacks have raised 78% in the last five years* – this tells us that we still have a long way to go to ensure that we are treated equally and can live a free life without fear of physical, mental or verbal abuse”.
The network’s members worked together to organise participation at the event, with colleagues from a range of functions and operations coming together to march.
Sodexo UK & Ireland regional chair and global head of Service Operations, Sean Haley, also marched in the parade, commenting: “It was great to be in Manchester at the Pride parade with our colleagues, making sure everybody knows that you can bring your whole self to work, when you work for Sodexo”.
Nia went on to say: “I am proud to work for an organisation who values me as a person. As the 19th largest employer in the world I would love for Sodexo to become one of the leaders in driving real change for our LGBT+ colleagues. I would love for Sodexo to become the employer of choice because of the work we do to promote inclusivity within our organisation, and the wider facilities management arena”.
You can enjoy a flavour of the network’s participation at Manchester Pride on 24 August 2019 by watching the following video.
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To join the Pride UK & Ireland employee network please click here. To find out more information, please visit the dedicated Your_Sodexo page.
*SOURCE: Brighton Pride Campaign Video 2019 - #WeStandTogether: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kiflRV6M9-Q
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