Randstad Sourceright is passionate about joining in the voices uplifting and celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and their contributions to the world. Pride Month is observed in June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan — a tipping point for Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. But Randstad Sourceright is committed to supporting our LGBTQ+ employees all over the world 365 days a year.
Pride celebrates the work done to achieve equal justice and opportunity for the community and recognizes the impact it has had on history, at all levels. Pride is also an opportunity for us to reinforce our inclusion strategy for the long term; it’s how we will create meaningful change and address challenges that act as barriers to inclusion in the workplace.
To mark Global Pride Day (June 28), leaders and employees at Randstad Sourceright in APAC came together on a virtual panel discussion to deliberate on the theme of “Pride over Prejudice.” The intent of this conversation was to identify opportunities and challenges to strengthen LGBTQ+ inclusion at the workplace and beyond. The virtual event was also keenly supported by the global Pride employee resource group at Randstad.
The panel consisted of local leaders from Randstad and Randstad Sourceright from across the region, as well as members of the LGBTQ+ community who shared their experiences and highlighted pressing topics impacting the community.
“Randstad’s Business Principles are set around and are supportive of our core values: to know, to serve and to trust; simultaneous promotion of all interests; and striving for perfection — they guide us to do what is right. We value diversity and do not discriminate on grounds of age, color, disability, gender, marital status, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation or any other characteristics,” said Anthea Collier, managing director, Randstad Sourceright APAC.
Leaders on the panel also shared their perspectives on the role of HR in building a more inclusive and equitable workplace, how employers can build inclusive hiring processes, and the role of people managers in making LGBTQ+ inclusion a reality. Participants discussed the importance of allyship in pursuance of LGBTQ+ inclusion and ways that employers can effectively support the community during the pandemic and beyond.
Randstad Sourceright stands in solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community as part of our commitment to empowering people to reach their full potential. This requires disrupting oppressive behaviors and challenging inequitable practices.
As a result of this powerful event, the Randstad Sourceright in APAC is now scheduling additional conversations throughout the rest of the year to raise awareness about LGBTQ+ inclusion and plans to launch a Pride employee resource group for the APAC region to create safe spaces where the community can share experiences and conversations.