In my experience, diverse and inclusive workforces produce more innovation and better financial results. With June designated as Pride Month by the UN as part of its Free & Equal human rights campaign, it’s a good time to celebrate the progress that the LGBTQIA+ movement has achieved in both the workplace and society at large. However, more work is needed to ensure equal rights and fair treatment of lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex people everywhere.

Pride comes at a time when the global recovery is underway, which means celebrations are again resuming in certain parts of the world. In New York City, where the Pride movement originated, its annual parade takes place this Sunday to raise awareness and promote acceptance of LGBTQIA+ rights. 

Hate and stigma affect millions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people around the world. The UN Free & Equal campaign is calling for change.

Advancing acceptance and freedoms is a never-ending quest, especially as policy makers in some parts of the world are stepping up efforts to suppress LGBTQIA+ rights. As an organization that values individuality and belonging, Randstad benefits from a culture that supports our employees to be themselves at work. I am certain this is one reason for our market-leading position.

You can learn more about helping to advance the rights of the LGBTQIA+ community on the UN's website.

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Jacques van den Broek

ceo and chair of the executive board

Randstad's Global CEO, leading our mission of supporting people and organizations in realizing their true potential.