TOP 10 LGBT+ NETWORK GROUPS
Archway, Network Rail’s LGBT network, was founded in 2013 and has grown to one of the company’s largest employee networks. Members come from every level and area of the organisation, from maintenance to signalling, operations and engineering. Archway’s work spans the length of Great Britain and is focussed in three core areas: Welfare, Socials & Events and Internal Consultancy. Working across the organisation – and the wider industry – Archway is leading on LGBT inclusion in Britain’s railways. Archway’s aim is to build an inclusive and diverse company for the benefit of all employees, and one which represents the communities it serves’.
ACTION FOR CHILDREN
Celebrate LGBT+ is Action for Children’s staff network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender staff and anybody who supports equality issues. We exist to promote a safe, inclusive and diverse working environment, raise the profile of equalities throughout organisation and support LGBT+ staff and all staff with confidential support and advice on LGBT+ issues. Celebrate LGBT+ advises the Executive Leadership Team on issues which affect LGBT+ staff and provides a confidential network which promotes inclusivity, diversity and participation of members. Members of Celebrate LGBT+ can expect regular equality updates, invitations to inclusion events, regional diversity champions and importantly the space to be yourself, support, networking opportunities, confidential support from the network.
Égalité UK is the UK chapter of Égalité , the Publicis Groupe employee network for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inclusive (LGBTI) professionals and their allies. Égalité’s programming is open to all Publicis Groupe employees who want to engage, regardless of location, position or orientation. Égalité are voluntarily run by employees, for the benefit of employees. Égalité aim to enhance Publicis Groupe’s reputation as an employer of choice for LGBTI employees and their allies, and bring people together within our own organisations and local communities, to champion and celebrate LGBTI inclusivity through social events, visibility and educational programmes.
ITV Pride is the network group at ITV plc with over 120 LGBT and straight ally members. The network actively supports members from across ITV providing access to information and events, mentoring and career development. They take part in Pride events up and down the country as well as putting on their own events to help raise awareness. The network supports the company as it works towards greater inclusivity and diversity and acts as a source of advice and feedback for programme makers, supporting the company’s role as one of the UK’s leading producers and broadcasters of programming.
NORTON ROSE FULBRIGHT
The Pride network at Norton Rose Fulbright is a dynamic network committed to ensuring that LGBT employees can be themselves. Pride has been running for 6 years and reached the number ten position in the Stonewall WEI 2017. The network focuses on LGBT mentoring, charitable and community outreach, attracting the best student talent, client engagement and the internal representation of LGBT voices in the business. The network has run high impact events such as discussions on faith and sexuality and the lack of female voices in many LGBT networks. The Pride network co-chairs are Laura Hodgson and Jamie Morton.
PRIDE UK&I is the UK & Ireland chapter of PRIDE: the Cisco LGBT and Ally Employee Resource Organisation. The group provides local and global networking and individual development opportunities for its members and helps to drive I&C initiatives throughout Cisco. Our mission is to ensure Cisco is recognized internally and externally as an inclusive, LGBT friendly company where LGBT employees can bring their whole self to work and be part of an engaging, passionate and socially responsible community.
RBS RAINBOW NETWORK
The RBS Rainbow Network (open to all employees) is one of the largest LGBT networks in the Banking Sector and was established in 2005 by employees for employees. Through a wide network of volunteers all over the world the RBS Rainbow Network aims to support staff – providing help on any LGBT issues, in or out of work and also support LGBT charities, with RBS Rainbow Network representatives each undertaking work to support charities that enhance the lives of LGBT people. The network provides development opportunities members through networking and learning and development sessions. The RBS Rainbow Network strives to be a well-run, visible network, internally and externally and to support the Bank – working with the Inclusion team on bank-wide initiatives.
ROYALGBT & FRIENDS
King’s LGBT+ employee network is called RoyaLGBT & Friends. It has been in existence since 2014, was founded by employees at the grassroots, and is a single, global network, providing an international professional and social networking opportunity for LGBT+ employees and allies across all of King’s locations worldwide – including London, home to one of the largest King studios. The network has roughly 300 members out of a total global employee base of around 2000. RoyaLGBT & Friends’ purpose is to promote a culture and community at King where LGBT+ people are fully accepted and included – so that LGBT+ people want to join, stay and grow at King.
UNITY – EY’S LGBTA NETWORK
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First formed in 1995 in the UK, Unity – EY’s global ‘network-of-networks’ for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, plus their allies – has now grown to include over 4,500 members around the world, establishing a presence in locations including the USA, Ireland, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, Taiwan, New Zealand, Canada, Singapore, Germany and Mexico to name a few. The network celebrates the diversity that exists within its membership, and is proud to have worked hard over recent years to bring more of a focus to raising awareness of the bisexual and transgender community, and also works to further LGBT equality in the wider community such as through EY’s longstanding support of National Student Pride
WALT DISNEY PRIDE UK&I
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Formed on 1 July, 2016, Disney Pride UK and Ireland aims to create a sense of community for LGBT+ employees and their allies, encourage a diverse workforce and give back to the community. The group has over 130 members and three committees supporting policy, social and charity. Nearly £1000 has been raised for charity thanks to the group’s charity events, such a LGBT+ film festival for LGBT History Month, and a Q&A session with Andy Bird, Chairman – Walt Disney International and global Disney Pride executive sponsor. For the first time, the group will be participating in London Pride in 2017.