Citi Wins Award Recognizing its "Out & Equal" Workplace Progress
By John Henry Watson, Program Lead, Citi Institutional Clients Group Operations & Technology and co-chair of Citi Pride Network, NYC
November 05, 2014 02:50 PM
Citi's successful track record advocating for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equal rights in our workplace continues to be recognized! We are proud and honored that the Citi Pride Network, inclusive of all of our Pride Networks globally, has been named the winner of the "LGBT Employee Resource Group of the Year Award" by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates. The award was announced on November 4 at the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit in San Francisco, CA. Over the past five years, Out & Equal has recognized individuals and organizations as a way to provide business and LGBT communities with examples of innovative approaches and proven successes to help create safe and equitable workplaces.
The award recognizes Citi's continued progress and growing accomplishments made by the Pride Networks in the past 18 months, and reflects the efforts and engagement of approximately 2,000 Citi employees in 14 Pride Networks globally. Some of our most notable accomplishments over the past 18 months include:
- Expanding the Global Reach of the Network: The Citi Pride Network has grown to approximately 2,000 employees globally, recently welcoming chapters in Mexico City, Budapest, Belfast, Hong Kong, and Florence, Kentucky. It has also established an online presence designed for global LGBT collaboration and support, even for remote workers.
- Implementing Scalable Processes/Programs Supporting Workplace Equality: Thanks to engagement with Citi Pride Network leaders, Citi's Global Workforce Diversity team launched "I am an Ally", educational placards that can be displayed in any workspace.
- Influencing Citi's position on U.S. Policy: Citi Pride Network leaders partnered with senior managers to lead conversations that resulted in Citi becoming the only U.S. Retail Bank to sign on to the Amicus Brief making the business case against the Defense of Marriage Act and to the Business Coalition in support of the Uniting American Families Act.
The Citi Pride Network's structure, governance model, virtual presence and key partnerships allow the Network to keep up with the changing nature and global demands of the company and the industry, while being an essential partner when the business is looking to make informed decisions that support LGBT employees, customers and citizens.