Estée Lauder supports trans community during Pride Month
June marks the official kick off to Pride Month, an important moment to publicly celebrate LGBTQIA+ activism, communities and culture.
The Estée Lauder Companies (ELC), in partnership with wELCome, ELC's LGBTQIA+ Employee Resource Group, is an advocate of LGBTQIA+ equality, and continues to strive to cultivate an inclusive, caring and compassionate workplace for all employees.
2021 is the twelfth year that ELC has been recognized as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” with a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
ELC will celebrate the Beauty of Pride internally with global and local events, offering opportunities for employees to gather virtually.
Estée Lauder celebrates the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community
“While the company and wELCome are set to celebrate the beauty of the LGBTQIA+ community around the world this month, we must also acknowledge all that LGBTQIA+ people are fighting for and the challenges they still face on multiple fronts”, said an Estée Lauder representative. “2021 has been a record-breaking year for anti-transgender legislation in the U.S. and anti-transgender violence globally. According to a report published by the Human Rights Campaign, one of the largest LGBTQIA+ advocacy groups in the U.S., more than 100 bills have been introduced across thirty-three U.S. states – bills that are proposing to restrict the rights of transgender individuals, particularly transgender children across the country.”
Estée Lauder supports worldwide LGBTQIA+ equality
Throughout 2021 already, wELCome chapters have launched in:
- The U.K.
- Followed by Mexico in a few months
“wELCome and ELC remain committed to building a workplace that is welcoming and equitable to everyone, where people from all walks of life can bring their authentic selves to work and be treated with respect and dignity”, concluded the representative.
Sodexo names new head of diversity and inclusion
Sodexo has a revenue of €22b and is headquartered in Issy-les-Moulineaux, France. The UK & Ireland office is based in London.
Sodexo is an employer that sees the value of inclusion
Jones started her career with Sodexo in 2007, taking on a role in Learning & Development for the Justice part of the business before moving to a secondment with the central Diversity & Inclusion team.
After five years, she took up a role at London’s South Bank University as a member of their Diversity & Inclusion team before returning to Sodexo a year later as part of its Diversity & Inclusion team.
In 2019, she was promoted to Diversity & Inclusion Manager and has led the function since spring 2020 on an interim basis.
In addition, Jones was appointed to the race and equality in HTL Committee in 2020.
“I am really pleased to be appointed Sodexo UK and Ireland’s permanent Head of Diversity & Inclusion, having led the function on an interim basis since last year”, said Jones. “Sodexo is an employer that really sees the value of inclusion in the workplace and has a strong desire, and commitment, to achieving sustainable positive culture change.”
There is more that unites people than divides
“Raj is an experienced, passionate, and skilled Diversity & Inclusion practitioner”, said Sarah Perry, Sodexo’s HR Director UK & Ireland. “She works closely with our global colleagues and is a member of the global Cultures and Origins, Generations and Pride workstreams. She is a strong advocate for grassroots involvement with a firm belief there is more that unites people than divides. I look forward to working with Raj and her team in supporting the agenda for Diversity & Inclusion and wish her every success in this next step of her Sodexo journey.”
Committed to positioning diversity and inclusion as one of its key priorities, in 2019 Sodexo publicly pledged, through Business in the Community’s Race to Work charter and through the INvolve/EMpower ethnicity pay gap mandate framework, to publish its ethnicity pay gap.
Sodexo became the first company in the hospitality and FM industry to do this when the report went live in May 2021.