The Hague, Netherlands, 31 July 2021 – Today the Pride Amsterdam kicks off. During the Pride we celebrate liberation. Liberation means to be who you are regardless of who you love. This freedom is not everywhere. This freedom is not everywhere.
In the 193 countries that are members of the United Nations, homosexuality is still punishable in 70 countries. In at least 11 countries, you can even be sentenced to death for it today.
To change this, we need everyone. Organisations and companies also make a big difference. For more than 20 years, the United Nations Global Compact has been bringing organisations together and helping them to stand up for human rights through our Ten Principles. Companies can take concrete steps to provide a safe working environment and to combat discrimination on the basis of LGBTQI+. In addition, through their CSR policy and due diligence, they can influence chain partners in countries where freedom in relation to LGBTQI+ is under pressure. Improvement is urgently needed, because research shows that 36% of LGBTQI+ employees experience discrimination in the workplace.
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Various members of the Global Compact Network Netherlands are taking concrete steps in the field of diversity and inclusiveness. Intertrust Group recently signed the ‘Declaration of Amsterdam‘. By signing the Declaration of Amsterdam, Intertrust Group shows that they are actively committed to equal opportunities for all employees, regardless of who they are or where they come from.
Hivos, a NGO committed to a fair, free and sustainable world, has launched a special campaign for Pride. When you donate, you will receive a Pride Package, a sticker, ‘free to be me’ sticker and button. Show that your organisation stands for equal opportunities and rights by ordering this package. With your donation you contribute to the fight against discrimination and exclusion in more than 25 countries.
Global Compact Network Netherlands calls on the Dutch business community to follow these good examples. Global Compact Network Netherlands is happy to help companies take further steps in this direction. In Q3 of this year, UN Global Compact launched the LGBTQI+ Gap Analysis Tool. This tool guides companies in addressing discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people. In the meantime, read the Standards of Conduct of the UN Free & Equal to how your company do their part.