A new guide: Straight allies

Without straight allies, a complete integration of LGBT people in the workplace is not going to happen. This is what our new guide discusses. It was based on a publication released by Stonewall in London. The partner of the publication is Credit Suisse Poland.

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„Straight allies” is a simple and very practical guide, instructing straight people on creating an open workplace. Their actions are important at every level – starting with the most important managers and ending with the common employees. Only a joined effort of all of those people can make a workplace open for LGBT people.

Examples described in our new publication can be easily applied by more companies and become a great basis for new actions, efforts i campaigns at the workplace. The practical side is what we care the most about,” explains Jej Perfekcyjność, the Chair of LGBT Business Forum Foundation.

The Foundation’s new guide excellently fits into the new trend visible in the actions of other NGOs that try to include LGBT people in their activities, as well as companies that create staff groups not only for the LGBT employees, but the straight ones too.

The guide „Straight allies. How they aid in creating LGB-friendly workplaces” is available in print and in an electronic form. It can be downloaded free of charge from the website www.lgbt.biz.pl. It is a part of the series that includes the publication „Opening yourself to diversity. Good practice in employment of LGBT people. ” Subsequent publications will be released soon.

The guide is directed mostly at the company boards, people responsible for implementation of equality politics, and HR departments.

The publication was released as a part of the project “An LGBT-friendly workplace”, executed within the Citizens of Democracy programme, financed by the EEA funds.

„Hetero sojusznicy i sojuszniczki. Jak pomagają w tworzeniu miejsc pracy przyjaznych osobom LGB”
edit. Jej Perfekcyjność
trans. Agnieszka Ziemińska
ISBN: 978-83-65392-02-2 (druk), 978-83-65392-03-9 (pdf)
publisher: Fundacja LGBT Business Forum, Warszawa 2016

How important is to create a network in your workplace? Watch our video here:

Early Bird tickets to Rainbow Bee Award Gala are available now on sale

Early Bird is an option for those, who decide to buy a ticket quickly. The Rainbow Bee Gala 2016 will be held on Friday, June 10 at 19:00, and the cheaper tickets are only available until 10 May.

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Rainbow Bee is an award bestowed upon companies that are the friendliest toward the LGBT community in Poland. Winners are nominated by thousands of LGBT people that participate in the „Study of the environment and the labor market of LGBT people”, and chosen by the Jury, which is composed of representatives of several non-governmental organizations focused on human rights.

The Rainbow Bee Gala is a prestigious evening during which the winning companies receive their awards. The event is composed of a formal dinner with a concert. The Gala is also attended by representatives of companies, NGOs and the media. Visitors from abroad certainly will not be missing either.

What is included in the ticket price?
7 reasons to choose the Early Bird ticket:

  • an admission to the Rainbow Bee Gala on 10 June at the Polonia Palace Hotel in Warsaw
  • a place at a table reserved just for you
  • participation in the award ceremony for the most LGBT-friendly companies in Poland
  • a welcome including a glass of champagne or wine
  • a buffet dinner after the event
  • your copy of the „Study of the environment and the labor market of LGBT people in Poland”
  • materials provided by the partners of the Gala – promotional gadgets, etc.

A special price for those who decide to get their ticket now is only 100 zloty. The regular price is 150 zloty and will apply from 11 May.

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The number of Early Bird tickets is limited.

Payment can be made via PayPal account or credit card.

This are our gala movies from 2014 and 2015:

Early registration for LGBT Business Forum Conference 2016 started

Starting today, it’s possible to register to participate in this year’s edition of our LGBT Business Forum Conference. The event will take place on 10 June 2016 in Warsaw.

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LGBT Business Forum Conference is the largest business event dedicated to the subject area of diversity in the workplace in the context of LGBT persons. As every year, we expect representatives of several dozen of companies running in Poland to participate. Members of non-governmental organisations and public institutions will be present as well.

As always, foreign guests will participate as well. Jean-Luc Vey from German Prouit at Work organisation and Matt Skallerud – the founder and head of Pink Banana Media from USA are among our confirmed guests.

We are very excited that with years our event gathers more and more people and companies interested in introducing equality in their workplaces,” explains Jej Perfekcyjność, chairperson of LGBT Business Forum Foundation. „Making use of the early registration gives certainty of having a place in the event. That’s why we encourage all interested people to reserve time in their schedules and confirm their participation now.”

The conference will start at about 10 am and will last until about 3:30 pm. In the time, the results of LGBT market and workplace research in Poland 2016 – the largest research of this kind in our country will be presented.

As every year, the conference will be a part of Polish Pride Parade Festival.

Registration fore is HERE.

In the evening of the same day the Rainbow Bee Gala will take place. Tickets for Gala will be available soon on the www.lgbt.biz.pl website soon.

This is how the conference looked like in 2015:

New release: Bullying. Preventing the bullying and harassment of gay employees

It is the first complex guide focused on the prevention of bullying of gay people in the workplace. Its development was based on the guide Publisher by Stonewall in London. The partner of the publication is Credit Suisse Poland.

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The book contains specific tips and solutions used by employers who want to make their company a friendly place to non-straight people. Its purpose is the identification of good practices and an attempt to identify the best solutions. Its concise form is supposed to allow everyone who is interested in the subject to rapidly absorb the content and implement it easily.

We believe that the „Bullying…” will contribute to the improvement of the situation of LGBT people in the workplace. It is a set of solutions and good practices that are used in companies who are aware of the problem of creating a workplace that is open to everyone,” explains Jej Perfekcyjność, the Chair of the LGBT Business Forum Foundation.

According to the Foundation’s research, over 46% of non-heteronormative people experience some forms of discrimination and unequal treatment in the workplace. Over 4% of them have been a target of physical violence.

The guide „Bullying. Preventing the bullying and harassment of gay employees” is available in print and in an electronic form. It can be downloaded free of charge from the website www.lgbt.biz.pl. It is a part of the series that includes the publication „Opening yourself to diversity. Good practice in employment of LGBT people. ” Subsequent publications will be released within the next month.

The guide is directed mostly at the company boards, people responsible for implementation of equality politics, and HR departments.

The publication was released as a part of the project “An LGBT-friendly workplace”, executed within the Citizens of Democracy programme, financed by the EEA funds.

„Bullying. Zapobieganie szykanowaniu homoseksualnych pracowników i pracownic”
edit. Jej Perfekcyjność
tran. Agnieszka Ziemińska
ISBN: 978-83-65392-06-0 (print), 978-83-65392-07-7 (pdf)
pub. LGBT Business Forum Foundation, Warsaw 2016

LGBT Business Forum Joins Global Benchmark Partner Group

From this year our foundation has become a Global Benchmark Partner of Workplace Pride Foundation. We’re the only one in Poland.

LGBT Business Forum and Workplace Pride have already established a good working relationship as Co-organizers of the 2015 LGBT Workplace Symposium in Krakow.

– Last year the basis for a great partnership was forged, said David Pollard, Workplace Pride Executive Director. – We are looking forward to working closely together towards our common goal of greater LGBT workplace inclusion.

The Workplace Pride Global Benchmark was created to help employers achieve an inclusive workplace for their LGBT employees by having in place effective policies and practices. Developed between 2012 and 2014 with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and Workplace Pride members. The winners of annual race have the right i.e. to use the special badge:

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Twenty-one major employers were scored for their LGBT workplace inclusion policies and practices around the world last year in the Benchmark. Together, these organizations represent 2.4 million employees in over 100 countries worldwide. Lest year’s results can be found here.

Our partnership with Workplace Pride helps us find a broader view on our daily work in LGBT-inclusion issues. Since our research focuses on employees point of view and the benchmark is designed to help the employers, they are a perfect mach!, said Jej Perfekcyjność, LGBT Business Forum Chair of the Board.

The information about the partnership can be found at Workplace Pride site here.