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Scheme champions gay rights at work

first_imgScheme champions gay rights at workOn 23 Oct 2001 in Personnel Today Aninitiative has been launched to help companies comply with forthcoming Europeanlegislation outlawing workplace discrimination against homosexuals.TheDiversity Champion Scheme, organised by gay and lesbian equality campaign groupStonewall, aims to challenge sexual orientation discrimination at work beforethe 2003 deadline for the implementation of the EU Equal Treatment Directive.DCSwill provide a network for firms to share good practice.Eightlarge employers have already signed up, including the BBC, GlaxoSmithKline andB&Q. Stonewall’sexecutive director, Angela Mason, said the group is also looking at awardingKite Marks to companies that develop good sexual orientation polices.PaulRodgers, IBM’s director of HR for the UK and Ireland, said, “Sexualorientation should be treated as part of diversity initiatives. The winners intoday’s competitive environment will be those companies that attract and retainthe best talent, so it is vital that everybody in IBM is proud of themselves andthe company.”Rodgerssaid that in 1984 IBM was the first Fortune 500 company to add sexualorientation to its non-discrimination policy.Itset up a gay and lesbian network 10 months ago, which has grown to over 100employees and has also changed its benefits package so same-sex partners arecovered by private health insurance.www.stonewall.org.uk Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more