IDAHOT2017: Workplaces that work for everyone

Cathlin Thurbon
Cathlin Thurbon
17 May 2017

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT).

IDAHOT was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, business leaders, the public and the media to the violence and discrimination experienced by LGBTI people internationally.

At AGL, we are committed to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace where all our people feel safe and valued.

Acknowledging this, we’re proud to announce that this year a working group that included representatives from our employee driven LGBTI network, AGL Shine, our People & Culture division, and our external LGBTI diversity partner, Pride and Diversity have developed and implemented new Gender Identity & Transitioning Support Guidelines for our business.

These Guidelines outline a framework for supporting AGL people who are thinking about, or in the process of, gender transition at work.

They are designed to educate leaders on how they can create a safe and supportive environment and provide information on how to engage expert workplace support.

The Guidelines provide a flexible approach that can be tailored to meet the individual’s personal, social and health needs.

Doug Jackson, AGL Shine Sponsor and Executive General Manager Group Operations, said introducing the new Guidelines was an important step for AGL.

“We recognise that all gender diverse people may face some unique personal challenges, particularly when affirming their gender at work”, Doug said.

“Our number one priority is ensuring all of our people feel comfortable bringing their true, authentic selves to work”.

“I think we’ve made great progress on building awareness and acceptance of sexual orientation, but can do more to support our transgender colleagues”.

To help embed the new Guidelines, we’re providing continuing training to our AGL Shine committee members and our People & Culture divisions.