The month of June marks Pride Month, and Konica Minolta is making strides in advancing LGBTQ+ equality by nurturing a work culture where everyone truly belongs. We are taking a multi-pronged, year round approach to supporting our LGBTQ+ employees and allies, ensuring that our LGBTQ+ employees are empowered day-in and day-out, not only during the month of June.
Below are 4 ways we are advocating for LGBTQ+ employees and allies:
Launching a dedicated LGBTQ+ employee network
In 2021 we launched Vibrant, an employee network dedicated to fostering safe spaces for members of the LGBTQ+ community and allies within Konica Minolta. Led by a small group of employees determined to give voice to Konica Minolta’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees, the group has blossomed into a thriving support network with its sights set on education, community outreach and recruiting to drive meaningful change at work.
Emphasizing DEI learning
Boosting the visibility of LGBTQ+ issues is a foundational aspect of the DEI strategy. Pursuant to that goal, the Vibrant team is hosting two learning sessions for employees during Pride month.
Enhancing the employee experience
Employees stay with companies because of how they are treated each day while at work. We aim to evolve and improve our workplace culture with ongoing feedback from our employees. In an effort to drive internal support systems that embody our corporate values, we are pleased to promote the following activities this June:
Leveraging insights from thought leaders
We recognize that we don’t have all the answers to address inequality in our society. We frequently look to thought leaders such as the Human Rights Campaign to support our efforts in dismantling discrimination and leveling the playing field. The HRC has a robust toolkit of resources and templates on their website.
Addressing cultural norms through education and training as well as policy enhancements are fundamental facets of diversity, equity and inclusion work. We are taking a thoughtful approach to strengthening allyship across our business so that all employees are comfortable being their best selves. Promoting awareness, inclusion, and allyship are critical inputs on our diversity, equity, and inclusion journey that will enable the game changing business results we work towards each day.