Work and career is important for every person, as we spend one-third of our life in our working environment. Numerous market research studies show that businesses benefit from encouraging diversity in the workplace, and from directly addressing LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) market segments. The estimated Polish LGBT market potential can be concluded as a market segment of 2.4 million customers with the buying power of over 20 billion Euros.

LGBT Business Forum is a Polish non-governmental organization raising awareness and working for equality and non-discrimination of LGBT people in the workplace

Video message from Ulrike Lunacek for LGBT Business Forum

Vice-President of European Parliament Ulrike Lunacek prepared a video message for the conference organized by LGBT Business Forum entitled „LGBT rights and economic growth – a union of equality?”. The event took place in the Austrian Forum of Culture in Warsaw on the 13th of June 2014.

 

LGBT Business Forum 2014 Awards’ ceremony took place

Bees are hardworking and they are team players. They are determined and do not waste energy on matters not related to work. In a beehive, every pair of wings and every single leg are equally important. In human structures the situation varies ? sometimes the talent and qualifications of an employee are not valued highly enough. It often happens that prejudices get the upper hand, and it turns out that the hidden „values” include „proper” psycho-sexual orientation and gender identity – features which have nothing to do with the duties performed. Not only is discrimination unjust, it is simply not economically viable. There are still companies in Poland which need to discover this fact. This is why we have set up the Rainbow Bee Award – awarded to a company where the matter of equality is taken seriously, and where the diversity standards, relating also to LGBT employees, have been introduced; a company where you can be yourself during the recruitment process, because, even if you are a nonheteronormative person, this fact will have no influence on whether you are hired or not; a company in which, when asked by the boss about whether you are rested after the weekend, you can easily answer: „Yes, because I had a great time at the Pride Parade”; a company, which is seen as friendly also by LGBT customers.

The Rainbow Bee Award has been established by the LGBT Business Forum Foundation, which works towards promoting the benefits resulting from diversity in workplace, for both companies and employees. It is awarded yearly during the Equality Week.

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The Rainbow Bee Award has been granted to …

Google Poland Barefoot Wine British Council Polskie Linie Lotnicze LOT

The Rainbow Wasp Award

The Rainbow Wasp Award is a motivational award which goes to a company still in need of realizing, that it is worth having the workplace free of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Just as wasps do not enjoy a good reputation among people − neither do some companies among the LGBT community. There are some companies, which do not seem to notice that not all customers are heterosexual and that sometimes reflecting this diversity in the company’s offer would be advisable. There are others, which take it for granted that all their employees are straight, and hence, direct multiple benefits to those employees only. Many companies practise the „pink washing”, which means that their actions towards the LGBT community are not credible and are used only as a marketing device to improve the company’s image. The time has come to change it! We would like the company stung by the Rainbow Wasp to undergo a positive shake-up. The Rainbow Wasp Award is supposed to function as an exclusive invitation to a training in the LGBT issues in employment and business.

The LGBT Business Forum Foundation awards this award believing that the Rainbow Wasp−labeled company will make use of the invitation and undergo an antidiscrimination „facelift”. It would be even nicer to see this company receive the Rainbow Bee award next!

The Rainbow Wasp Award has been granted to …

IBM

 

Jasiński Consulting joins LGBT Business Forum Business Platform

We are glad to inform that Jasiński Consulting became a member of LGBT Business Forum Business Platform. Our platform is a business network to exchange best practices in diversity management. Its members receive professional support from LGBT Business Forum in implementation of diversity management.

Jasiński Consulting was established in 2008 as a reply to growing demand for finance specialists. Nowadays the company offers various kinds financial products from 23 banks and other institutions for individuals and private businesses.

 

H0M0 company joins LGBT Business Forum Business Platform

We are glad to inform that H0M0 company became member of LGBT Business Forum Business Platform. H0M0 provides financial and insurance services for heterosexual and homosexual couples.

Our Business Platform is a business network to exchange best practices in diversity management. Its members receive professional support from LGBT Business Forum in implementation of diversity management.