18
May
2020
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02:48
Australia/Melbourne

Showing our support for IDAHOBIT

Summary

We know that embracing and celebrating diversity is a great way to create an environment where our people feel welcomed and love to work.

Yesterday many people within our organisation celebrated IDAHOBIT, International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

IDAHOBIT is a global day to stand up and support the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual community, who are more likely to face discrimination in and outside of the workplace.

A recent study of workplaces by the Diversity Council of Australia and RMIT University found that sadly only 32% of LGBTI+ employees shared their identity with their colleagues, and those who aren't open about who they are at work are less likely to be satisfied within their role. We want to create an environment that is supportive for our people to bring their whole selves to work.

Earlier this month Suzanne Dvorak, Managing Director BVAC became the Executive Sponsor of our Employee Pride Network.

"It's important everyone feels safe and supported to be themselves in the workplace. To do this, we need to actively create a culture that enables this to happen. I'm excited for the year ahead and to see the positive impact the Employee Pride Network will have."

 "I want to actively support this group of purposeful and driven individuals, who are working to create an inclusive environment for not only our people, but our customers and residents too."

This year some of our Pride Network shared what word resonated with them this IDAHOBIT through a visual representation of the rainbow. 

As part of Bupa's code, we are passionate about celebrating the diversity of Bupa, so that we operate in a way that supports everyone to bring their own identity to the workplace, and then when they are here, they feel that they belong.