The Pride. Purpose. Progress. campaign celebrates and amplifies the strides made in LGBTQIA+ inclusion. Running from June to August 2024, this campaign highlights the inspiring efforts of organisations and individuals who work tirelessly behind the scenes to support and uplift the LGBTQ+ community. Among these trailblazers is Johnson Matthey’s Pride in JM (PiJM) initiative, which demonstrates a profound commitment to fostering inclusivity and driving positive change.

 

Impact on the LGBT+ Community

Pride in JM (PiJM), Johnson Matthey’s LGBT+ Employee Resource Group (ERG), consists of a team of passionate and driven changemakers transforming their workplace and making waves in wider communities. Last year, PiJM revamped Johnson Matthey’s visual landscape through an inclusive lanyard campaign, with 1,500 lanyards featuring the progressive pride colours worn by employees across the US and UK. Following its success, an additional 1,400 lanyards have been dispatched to sites in nine countries.

To support individual employees in the LGBT+ community, PiJM established confidential safe spaces for trans+ identifying employees, creating an environment where they can share experiences and access peer advice. Since May 2023, PiJM’s Role Models & Allies scheme has published interviews with seven LGBT+ identifying colleagues or allies, which have been viewed over 3,000 times. Their reverse mentoring programme has broadened the perspectives of leaders on the experiences of marginalised communities while amplifying LGBT+ employees’ voices.

Fostering Community and Belonging

External outreach initiatives are a top priority for PiJM. Members have shared advice and experiences as panellists at events such as “International Women’s Day: Intersectionality in STEM” at the University of Manchester and “LGBT+ Employers Panel” at the London School of Economics. They have also created and run “Them in STEM” speaker events for LGBT+ youth with partners The Kite Trust and delivered CV writing workshops at “Imagining our Futures” Careers Fair for trans+ youth charity Gendered Intelligence, in addition to delivering LGBT+ careers talks in a Hackney school.

Making a Difference

For Johnson Matthey, Pride Month is about more than just flying rainbow flags at their offices. This year, their visible commitment includes the further rollout of the inclusive lanyards project, providing an easy tool for allies to signal that they are a safe space for LGBT+ employees. They will also host several online webinars covering different LGBT+ lived experiences, including a talk from Stonewall on the experiences of LGBT+ women and an internal panel session where JM employees from the LGBT+ community will share their experiences. Local pride events at many of their sites around the world are also planned, organised by their network of DI&B Ambassadors.

Measuring Effectiveness

Johnson Matthey encourages employees to self-identify in their HR information system, which aggregates anonymous responses to quarterly employee engagement surveys. Scores and comments from ERG community groups are reviewed by the Group DI&B team, with feedback given to ERG leadership teams to direct efforts for the following year. The Pride Network has driven external benchmarking activities with Workplace Pride and Stonewall, giving Johnson Matthey confidence that their systems and structures have become more LGBT+ inclusive. In 2022, they received a Silver Employer Award from Stonewall as part of their Workplace Equality Index, with a 350% increase in score from their previous benchmark. They anticipate great progress in 2024, particularly in trans and bi-specific inclusion outcomes and in external community work.

Collaborations for Advancement

Johnson Matthey is a member of the Stonewall diversity champion programme and collaborates with Stonewall to improve the inclusivity of its policies. Through the Pride in JM ERG, Johnson Matthey supports several local LGBT+ charities, such as the Kite Trust in Cambridge and the Attic Youth Trust in Philadelphia, and participates in local pride marches such as Reading Pride and Baltic Pride.

Reflecting Commitment in Policies and Culture

A subsection of PiJM’s committee, the Empowerment Team, reviews internal policies and guidelines to make them LGBT+ inclusive. They collaborate extensively with HR, the Global DI&B Team, and other ERGs to ensure an intersectional approach to policy reviews, HR information management, and employee engagement. Beyond the Empowerment Team, there has been a significant increase in activity and support for the Pride Network over the last five years, reflecting the efforts of Pride Network members and the commitment from senior leaders to champion the LGBTQ+ community. This visible and proactive allyship at the highest levels signals that the company is welcoming to LGBTQ+ staff and that DI&B is essential to business performance.