The network provides a safe and inclusive space for our LGBT+ community to connect and support one another as well as providing advice and information for our straight colleagues / allies who may have questions regarding the LGBT+ community. It raises awareness of challenges faced and promotes LGBT+ inclusion through regular communication, resources and participating in local events, including Pride events. Pride also works with other companies to champion LGBT+ inclusion in the sectors within which we operate.
Pride provides a safe and supportive space for LGBT+ employees and their colleagues to network and provide peer support to one another. This can be facilitated virtually however it is important for Pride to also hold face to face events to develop an informal cross Business Unit/Function support framework.
Pride promotes a culture of respect, equality, and inclusion for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Pride acts as a representative for this both within the organisation as well as on behalf of Wood in the wider community.
Pride raises awareness of issues that may affect LGBT+ employees within Wood (including leadership) and develops resources and tools to support this.
The Pride network has grown over the years to become not just a place where LGBT+ employees and allies can meet and find support but an important advisory group helping Wood to develop policies and practices to be more inclusive of LGBT+.
Our aim is to continue making Wood an inclusive employer and to grow the network, not just internally but to build on our external connections with the Pride networks of our clients, partners and other companies. The network is a space for employees who identify as LGBT or as allies to the LGBT community where they can connect with and learn from each other.
We hope to continue the work started of ensuring Wood’s policies are LGBT inclusive, and expanding the information and resources available for reference.