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Nicole Croghan, HR Business Partner, discusses our recent Gender Identity and Gender Expression policy.
I believe that being a truly diverse and inclusive organisation, means being open, supportive and respectful of each other regardless of our differences.
As a HR Business Partner and member of Grant Thornton’s LGBT+ committee, I’m proud to say, I work for a firm that lives by those values and that encourages us to bring our “whole” selves to work each day.
We know that transgender or gender variant people face high levels of discrimination and inequality in the workplace and this has been compounded by the lack of awareness and lack of best practice resources and training available to employees thus far.
This year, our LGBT+ committee set out to do our part in tackling this issue and to promote the inclusion and integration of trans people in our firm. To help us on this journey, we sought expert advice from TENI (Transgender Equality Network Ireland) which included a thorough review of our internal policies and procedures and the roll out of a number of informative sessions on transgender equality.
The output of that review also led to the launch of our Gender Identity and Gender Expression policy, which sets forth guidelines for our managers and employees, highlighting how best to ensure the safety and comfort of our employees regardless of their gender label.
It’s easy to get swept up in the glitz and glamour of the annual Pride festival but being a true LGBT+ ally is about so much more than that. It’s about educating ourselves and others, having a voice for those who aren’t being heard and setting a positive example in our day to day interactions.
I am incredibly privileged to have been a part of this journey and to work for a firm that truly embraces diversity at its core.