Media Invitation: Is LGBTI inclusion really sustainable in the workplace?

Post Date: June 24, 2019

Media Invitation

Date: 24 June 2019

Workplace Pride 2019 International Conference, hosted by KLM at Schiphol Oost on Friday, June 28th, addresses crucial questions for employers.

Same sex relationships remain illegal in 69 countries around the world. So how do multinationals reconcile this with their efforts to create workplaces where everyone can be themselves, be productive employees and contribute better to the bottom line? Just as importantly, how does this and other legal, cultural and historical differences fit into corporate plans for greater sustainability on a global basis? Being greener, a better place to work, respecting personal differences (including LGBTI people) even among their clients, all raise the question: “Are inclusion and diversity integral parts of businesses’ priorities and are they sustainable in the workplace?”

Workplace Pride’s 13th annual International Conference addresses these and many other issues through the personal testimonies of business professionals, governmental experts and civil society practitioners. The conference focuses on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) workplace inclusion as this group has always (out of necessity) been at the forefront of social change within organisations: spearheading difficult questions for other minority groups.


• Ton Dortmans: EVP KLM Engineering & Maintenance and host of the event

• Margot Slattery: CEO of Sodexo, Ireland, who has appeared on the OUT standing/ Financial Times’ list of Top 100 LGBT Business Leaders since 2015

• Timothy Mohin: CEO of GRI, Developer of the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting standards

• Hans Docter: Director Sustainable Economic Development and Ambassador Private Sector & Development Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands

• Marriët Schuurman: Human Rights Ambassador in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Breakout sessions led by or including, PwC, ING, IBM, Greenpeace, Philips, Oxfam-Novib, Deloitte, Shell, KLM and others take a deep dive into what ‘Sustainable Inclusion’ means practically for private sector organisations, governmental bodies, civil society and the communities they all interact with.


As the conference is being held in a secured area of Schiphol Oost*, members of the media requesting to attend are required to provide their date and place of birth to by Thursday, 27 June at 10:00. *A full route description will be provided upon registration.

To arrange interviews with key speakers or other information regarding Workplace Pride and this event contact:

Workplace Pride Executive, Director: David Pollard

Tel. +31 (0) 634 056604

Workplace Pride Foundation – Lijnbaansgracht 298, 1017RN Amsterdam – The Netherlands –

KvK Nr. 34294570

Editor’s Note: Workplace Pride Foundation is the international, not for profit platform for the inclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people at work. Initiated in 2006, its many members employ more than 4 million people worldwide and share the vision to ‘Change workplaces around the world to be truly inclusive, ensuring that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex people are fully visible, valued, empowered, and leading the way for others’.