During the month of June, the spotlight is on Pride – and Micro Focus is proud to join the celebration to champion the cause of LGBTQ+ people around the world striving for equality.
Being our real selves, and feeling confident and safe in expressing our individuality, are very important to me. I have a deep passion for fairness and equality, core values which for me have been further grounded through shared experience with family members and close friends in the Pride community.
It’s for this reason that I took on the role of executive sponsor of Micro Focus’ PRIDE employee resource group (ERG) last year – I feel strongly about creating an environment where people are valued, respected and supported. Because if any one of us can’t express our authentic self, then that constrains everyone’s ability to work effectively together.
The PRIDE ERG is one of 10 ERGs at Micro Focus, and it aims to cultivate a sense of belonging, equality and allyship. This is underpinned by our company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; and to creating and maintaining an inclusive culture where every employee feels a sense of belonging, has opportunities to grow, express themself, exchange ideas, and be heard. We believe that when everyone understands that they have an equal opportunity to belong and develop meaningful careers, they unleash their full potential to grow and thrive.
Influence Positive Change
Through the PRIDE ERG network, our members help to influence positive change. Encouraging conversations at all levels of the business about inclusion and equality helps raise awareness so that we can question why we do certain things and how we can improve them to be more intentional in our actions. Last year, Micro Focus joined the Business Coalition for Equality Act in support of workplace fairness for LGBTQ+ team members in the US. The Equality Act creates clear, consistent protections to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in employment.
As a partner of non-profit organisation Out & Equal, which works exclusively on LGBTQ+ workplace equality, we are strengthening our PRIDE ERG community and support network to LGBTQ+ colleagues around the world. Through our partnership we can provide opportunities to educate and interact with each other and with our allies.
Spotlight on Pride Month
Each week during the month of June, the PRIDE ERG has organised a variety of activities to celebrate Pride Month. We are delighted to welcome Gareth Thomas – former Wales and British Lions Rugby Captain & LGBT Advocate – as a guest speaker to talk to Micro Focus employees about his extensive career highlights, being gay in a predominantly male sport, and overcoming hurdles.
Through Micro Focus INSPIRE, our Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) programme, all employees are invited to join a virtual volunteering session to support a charity dedicated to helping those most vulnerable in the trans community.
As a proud LGBTQ+ ally, I am inspired by our PRIDE ERG members as they support each other across communities. We stand together in our commitment to equality for all, not just during Pride Month, but 365 days a year, every year. I am personally committed to playing my part to foster behaviours that inspire authenticity and belonging for all, so that we can all continue to make positive impacts, both at work and in our communities.