Ten organizations sign for LGBT inclusive workplace

Ten large organizations, among which PostNL, signed the Declaration of Amsterdam for LGBT inclusive workspace.

The Declaration is a call to action and consists of 10 points that help ensure improvement in the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. One of the points urges employers to identify and support leaders and decision-makers (LGBT and straight) that actively strive to create LGBT-inclusive working environments. Another point in the Declaration advocates support of Employee Resource Groups and LGBT programs like LGBT Diversity training for managers. Signatories to the Declaration include corporations such as Accenture, Achmea, Cisco, IBM, ING, Philips, PostNL and Shell, but also UWV (Dutch Employment Services Organisation) and the municipality of the Hague. Research by the Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP indicates that at least 28% of gay men and 14% of lesbians in the Netherlands are regularly confronted at work with negative reactions because of their sexual preferences. In Europe, 68% of EU citizens think that it is difficult for a homosexual person to be openly gay in the workplace.