Top 10 Network Group (ERG) 2021

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Pride@Airbus

Pride@Airbus is a volunteer-led, grassroots LGBT+ employee network which has grown on a global level since it was founded in 2017. They value the importance of bringing your whole self to work and help people to do this through a combination of education and celebration. By ensuring their members have access to specialised wellbeing services and support, they have made a positive difference to the work and home lives of many LGBT+ employees. Pride@Airbus has shared their knowledge and experience with other employee networks both within Airbus and outside, helping other groups to grow as they have.

TalkPride

At TalkTalk a core value is that we’re ‘for everyone’. Inclusion is part of everyday life and our people can truly be themselves here. Our employee networks provide opportunities to connect and TalkPride is our LGBT+ and allies’ network. TalkPride has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2018. Internally the network has raised LGBT+ visibility and representation through sharing stories, celebrating pride month, and providing colleagues an opportunity to meet through a monthly coffee morning. TalkPride is also embedded in the local community through relationships with Salford Pride, Salford City FC and The Proud Trust in Manchester.

London Stock Exchange Proud Prism Network

LSEG has a progressive diversity & inclusion approach. We value unique experiences of colleagues the world over and encourage and enable people to be their authentic selves. We have 10 employee networks, one of which is Proud Prism, which helps raise awareness of challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces and contributions it makes. The network is Executive Sponsored by Debra Walton, Chief Revenue Officer, a passionate supporter of LGBTQ+ people, and provides leadership and advocacy to members and allies alike.

Proud Prism designs and delivers events, activities, and campaigns that promote the power of being ‘out’ at work, intersectionality, and gender expression.

Just Eat Takeaway LGBT+ Network

Just Eat Takeaway.com (JET) is a proud advocate for LGBT+ inclusion. The LGBT+ inclusion strategy is led by a network group with colleagues from 23 countries, supported by a Diversity and Inclusion Director as part of a wider D&I strategy that incorporates workstreams for BAME, women, neurodiversity and more. Our plan focuses on: celebrating and supercharging LGBT+ talent, supporting restaurant partners to be inclusive, and making sure every customer interaction is inclusive.

Successes include:

  • Placing LGBT+ inclusion on the agenda with JET’s new Managing Board and Executive Team
  • Raising awareness of LGBT+ inclusion to 8000+ employees through intranet articles, including profiles of LGBT+ colleagues and allies
  • Increasing network membership significantly and holding monthly network meetings
  • Working with Stonewall as a Global Diversity Champion
  • Supporting Pride and and partnering with community groups to provide meals during COVID-19
  •  Working with other network groups to approach diversity and inclusion holistically for the company.

Proud, ViacomCBS’ LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group

Proud is ViacomCBS’ global employee resource group focused on LGBTQ+ employees and allies. By providing a forum for ongoing open dialogue, Proud aims to enrich the professional and personal development of LGBTQ+ employees and business divisions at ViacomCBS by promoting community, cause and culture. Founded in 2012, Proud London continually hosts speaker sessions, activities and workshops aimed at engaging and educating employees on timely issues such as mental health in the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ representation on screen. External relationships are also a key priority such as partnerships with the Terrence Higgins Trust, the MTV Staying Alive Foundation and Intermedia.

SEGA PRIDE

SEGA Pride organizes events, consults on policy, and lobbies for representation and diversity, spearheading LGBTQ+ equality across the SEGA Europe Group. This includes developing positive LGBTQ+ representation within the company and supporting SEGA Europe’s AAA gaming studios.

Since its creation in May 2020 the Group has organized seminars and speakers on areas such LGBTQ+ equality, trans representation, and history. It has driven campaigns such as the rollout of LGBTQ+ branding across the studios and collaboration with the Football v Homophobia Campaign.

LGBT+@Sky

LGBT+@Sky is the employee network that supports LGBT+ people and Allies at Sky UK and Ireland. Consisting of 1800 members, our network is a behemoth, with over 100 regional Champions activating locally and 20 dedicated Leads contributing towards comms, graphics, resources and policy management – all working voluntarily alongside their normal day jobs.

Last year, the network won a Highly Commended award from Stonewall (Sky remains the top media company for LGBT+ inclusion for the 3rd year running), and celebrated a win at the Proud Scotland Awards, all while partnering with countless organisations, such as Bi Pride UK, Gaydio, Trans in the City and the AKT, and its thousands of activists making a difference to LGBT+ colleagues’ lives every-day.

LGBTQ+ at Tesco


Everyone is welcome at Tesco. Our LGBTQ+ at Tesco network first started in 2005, has re-launched over the last 18 months and now has over 1,000 members. This year, the network has added pronouns to name badges / email signatures, is working on gender-neutral ranging, has helped to launch our Ally Guide and D&I Glossary and is leading Pride planning to make it bigger and even more inclusive. Tesco is a business that celebrates and embraces diversity, uses its scale for good and where everyone is an ally.

Jacobs – Prism Network

Prism is Jacobs’ employee network for LGBTI+ people and their allies. We are unashamedly proud, fun and fabulous. Our vision is to be the LGBTI+ employer of choice: a company where everyone can bring their whole self to work. We foster an environment where LGTBI+ people feel included, safe, proud and empowered by:

• Advocating for inclusion in the workplace by being visible in our support of LGBTI+ people.

• Educating our workforce to create global allyship, ensuring Jacobs provides policies and tools that better support LGBTI+ people.

• Elevating our industry, clients and communities by promoting LGBTI+ inclusion with our external stakeholders.

Proud@Shell

Established in 2006, Proud@Shell focuses on inclusion and visibility of LGBTQ+ people in Shell. For us, inclusion means everyone, so we have also worked with other networks, jointly running events, marking key dates together and working with our Black and Asian networks on the Inclusive Pride Flag, our logo. We also promoted transgender awareness through features and panels, such as our joint webcast with the young professionals network. For Pride Month, last year, we held a series of virtual events, including our Pride Bites talks. This year, we will combine virtual with real world and put the pride colours on four of our petrol stations in the UK. We also plan to introduce self-disclosure of gender identity and sexual orientation for all staff on International Coming Out Day.