The Diversity Bus

The Diversity Bus, the latest incarnation of the Pride Festival Bus, has been designed to promote and celebrate diversity in the community by carrying messages that will make a difference. The bus has been named in memory of local drag artist Phil Starr who performed on stages across the world for more than 50 years, raising thousands of pounds for charity.

“The Diversity Bus not only celebrates Pride and everything it stands for but is a symbol of our broader support for diversity and inclusion in general. We want to stand side by side with those who work to heal divisions in our society.” ~Martin Harris, managing director, Brighton & Hove Buses

DIFERA

DIFERA stands for diversity, inclusion, fairness, equality, respect and acceptance and is the first initiative of its kind in the UK’s Channel Islands. Launched by Liberate, an equality and diversity charity, DIFERA helps organizations with implementing or improving their diversity and inclusion programs by making minority groups feel welcome at work.

”The arguments for employers embracing diversity and inclusion are well-rehearsed: diverse organizations are better able to serve a diverse clientele; a diverse workforce is more likely to produce a wider range of solutions to business problems and be more creative; and, an organization that acknowledges its employees as individuals and works to include them will get a reputation as a good organization to work for, will be able to choose from a wider talent pool when recruiting and be more likely to retain staff who feel their individual needs are met.” ~ Vic Tanner Davy, CEO, Liberate

Premium Friday

This government initiative encourages Japanese firms to let workers out a few hours early on the last Friday of every month so that they spend money on shopping and leisure to help boost the economy. Japan has traditionally had a problem with workaholics and this push by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration hopes to reduce working hours and crack down on excessive overtime.

“In creative industries like ours, inspiration won’t come just from staying in the office for a long time. But take some time off, breathe new air and see new things and the ideas will come, and you’ll be refreshed when you come back on Monday.” ~Etsuko Tsugihara, CEO, Sunny Side Up Inc.

 

The Social Café

This initiative of the Opening Doors Project provides for relevant and constructive discussions around mental health, diversity and discrimination. Past activities have included the painting of sneakers that were exhibited throughout Toronto to promote the creation of inclusive spaces, as well as, discussions around the complexities, limitations and possibilities of inclusion.

 

The Pride Logo

Following up on its perfect 100 score on the HRC’s Corporate Responsibility Index and Workplace Pride Foundation, IBM has introduced a new logo proving once again that it deserves the title of the most gay-friendly employer in the world. A rainbow version of the company’s 8-bar logo demonstrates its ongoing support of its employees and the LGBTI community at large.

“This is a demonstration of IBM’s continuing efforts to advance and influence nondiscrimination workplace policies consistent with basic human rights. The logo will be used in conjunction with diversity focused IBM programs and initiatives, and also in our pro-diversity advocacy.” ~Lindsay-Rae McIntyre, chief diversity officer, IBM

Path Forward

Path Forward is a non-profit that connects companies with mid-career professionals who are hoping to return to work after more than two years off for caregiving duties. It’s referred to as a ‘returnship.’ The 20-week course helps mid-career professionals regain their bearings through work responsibilities, networking events and development sessions.

“[Path Forward] offers them a true ‘on-ramp’–a period of time where they can reacclimate to the work force and restart their professional life.” ~ Tami Forman, executive director, Path Forward

Pride in Sport Index

Following the release of the Out on the Fields study, nine major Australian sports committed to eliminate homophobia. Seven of those sports have also agreed to participate in the Pride in Sport Index (PSI),  the world’s first and only benchmarking instrument specifically designed to assess and measure the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex (LGBTI) people within sport and sporting organisations. Participating in the index will allow sporting organizations to assess their own practice and determine and share best practices with others. Organizations will also be able to benchmark the success of their own initiatives against an external measure and compare this success with other sporting organizations.

“The Index will be more than just a signature on a piece paper. It will provide the means for sporting organisations to demonstrate how they’re reducing homophobia and transphobia and making sport more accessible for all.” ~Andrew Purchas, co-founder, Pride in Sport Index

 

The Internal Audit

It takes over 1850 officers with the Durham Regional Police Service to cover a territory that stretches west from Pickering to Bowmanville, north from Lake Ontario to Beaverton. So the organization felt it was essential to take stock of itself with an audit looking at race, gender, country of origin. Over 85% of the DRPS staff responded.

“As a result of seeing our own reflection, it allowed us to then tailor our recruiting needs, in terms of what we’re trying to attract.” ~Keith Richards, DRPS Diversity Coordinator

The Rainbow Flag

The rainbow flag—a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride and diversity—was popularized by San Francisco artist Gilbert Baker in 1978. It now flies proudly in front of the London headquarters of Britain’s foreign spy agency MI6, an organization that once considered gay spies as a security risk.

“We recognize that the more diverse the contribution, the better the solution and the greater the impact of our work.” ~ Alex Younger, chief, MI6

INTO Café

The café is at Alder Hall at Colorado State University. It not only serves a variety of ethnic foods but also helps international students with language challenges and their integration into society. This alone makes the INTO Café different from all the other coffee shops on campus.

“I think it’s definitely a good experience. It’s fun to see everyone progress in their ability to speak English and teach them about American culture as well,” ~Ian Moran, health science major