ABB has taken crucial first steps toward becoming a more inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ ppl, and I want to take a minute to talk about why it is so important that businesses take action to support the LGBTQ+ community. (1/6)🧵
We throw around the word “inclusion” a lot, but what does it mean for LGBTQ+ ppl? To me, it’s a workplace where an LGBTQ+ employee (1) feels safe and supported and (2) can work w/o worrying how their identity may affect their success. (2/6)
(Note: All people deserve to have these components in their work environment, but I’m focusing on LGBTQ+ issues in this thread bc currently it takes a lot of targeted effort in order to provide that to LGBTQ+ ppl.) (3/6)
LGBTQ+ ppl often fear that mentioning their partner, pronouns, etc. will result in workplace harassment, refusal to work with them by colleagues/customers, physical violence, termination, etc. (The list truly goes on...) (4/6)
And while an org might officially state that they are anti-discriminatory (most do), this is insufficient if they don’t purposefully build credibility as a pro-LGBTQ+ space. You‘re not really inclusive if your employees still feel they should hide. (5/6)
So kudos to ABB for taking these first steps in support of the LGBTQ+ community. The #energyindustry desperately needs diversity & inclusion leadership, and I’m determined to help get us there. (6/6)
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