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Diversity and inclusion

Proud to be inclusive

A look at how the creation of LGBT+ groups at Capgemini has enriched our culture

When we’re at work, we want to be accepted for who we are. We want our colleagues to respect and welcome us. We want to feel comfortable enough to be our true selves. For 13 years, OUTfront has been striving to make this fundamental right a reality.

This global network of Capgemini employees was formed in 2007 to foster a supportive, inclusive, and understanding working environment for everyone by providing information and coordinating activities while supporting the professional growth of LGBT+ colleagues.

Underscoring the importance of this work, a recent report by found that one in four LGBT+ employees in the US has heard derogatory or negative comments at work. Moreover, according to a recent Capgemini employee survey, two thirds (67%) of LGBT+ employees opted not to report anti-LGBT+ remarks to human resources.

Australia and New Zealand: Taking pride

The OUTfront team in Capgemini Australia and New Zealand has been active for just under three years, and already has a strong network of over 100 members, including its allies.

The group commenced a program of works in 2019, which enabled them to submit to the Australian Workplace Equality Index in March 2020, and resulted in a “Gold” status and a listing in the top three employers in Australia for workplace LGBT+ inclusion. As part of this process, the team created new best practices regarding inclusive policies, as well as policy and guidelines for gender-diverse employees wishing to join Capgemini and for those wishing to affirm their gender.

The group also organized days of significance for LGBT+ colleagues, hosted guest speaker events, and held diversity awards.

A high point was the team’s contribution to helping the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and the City of Sydney win their bid to host World Pride in 2023 by creating a digital inclusion strategy on a pro-bono basis.

Susan Beeston, managing director, Capgemini Invent, Australia and New Zealand, marched on behalf of Capgemini at Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2019 parade.

“From within our current situation, Mardi Gras seems like another world, but I’ll never forget the experience, partly because of the thrill of the parade, but also because it’s an opportunity to actively support the causes it represents. For me, it was an important milestone in becoming a visible and vocal ally. Since that night, I have stood up and become the executive sponsor of Capgemini’s OUTfront Ally network in Australia and New Zealand,” says Susan.

OUTfront in North America

The OUTfront team in North America has also been busy. In 2019, it helped Capgemini America achieve a perfect score of 100 on the “Best places to work for LGBTQIA+” workplace equality index from the Human Rights Campaign, joining a roster of leading global brands.

During the process, Capgemini was recognized for its LGBT+ policies and practices, including its transgender-inclusive health benefits. This was the outcome of an initiative led by OUTfront North America in 2017, in which the group successfully campaigned for the inclusion of transgender health benefits for all of Capgemini America’s employees.

OUTfront supports Pride Month 2020

OUTfront teams across Capgemini led our organization’s participation in Pride Month 2020. The event took account of the new social distancing arrangements, with digital challenges and hackathons replacing the usual carnivals and street parties.

Janet Pope, North America Corporate Social Responsibility Director, says: “We couldn’t physically be together to celebrate Pride. But we still wanted to acknowledge how far we’ve come in our communities and workplaces in terms of including LGBT+ people – while recognizing how much more work we still have to do to support our black, queer and trans communities.”

“Whether we celebrate in person or online,” concludes Janet, “Capgemini firmly believes Pride Month is a chance to champion LGBT+ dignity and self-affirmation, promoting equal rights for everyone.”

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