Shell officially launches a Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual and Transgender network
Jul 21, 2015
Shell South Africa officially launched an initiative embracing employees of a Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) orientation. The ceremony took place at Shell head-office in Bryanston where the guest speaker, Judge Edwin Cameron addressed the audience on gender orientation and diversity in the workplace.
Cameron, who is a former high court and constitutional court judge, a gay activist and HIV/AIDS champion gave a personal account of his life story. Bonang Mohale, Chairman of Shell South Africa also reinforced Shell’s philosophy and approach on diversity and inclusivity in the organisation.
“As a global player, our aspiration is to cultivate a conducive environment that supports and stimulates all our employees regardless of colour, religion, gender orientation to feel involved and included at work. Our ability to embrace inclusion and release the collective intellectual capital of our diverse talents is important to sustaining our long term business success, competitiveness and growth. We believe that when our people feel included and engaged, they leverage the richness of ideas, backgrounds and perspectives to create business value”, said Bonang Mohale.
The Shell LGBT network is a global initiative currently active in various Shell offices in the UK, India America, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany. This volunteer initiative aims to raise consciousness and promote workplace equality regardless of sexual orientation. The LGBT network will embark on an extensive campaign to sensitise, empower and educate Shell employees on various challenges and circumstances facing the LGBT community at work and within our society. The network also aspires to align and integrate its activities with those of a broader national interest.
Various Shell Executives will also address the audience by sharing perspectives from a corporate policy as well as a Health and Wellness.
“We realise that in an increasingly complex and competitive business environment, our ability to foster innovation by tapping into a myriad of diverse talents will provide the edge we need to become the world’s most competitive and innovative energy company”, emphasised Mohale.
Media Relations Manager: Dineo Pooe +2783 629 0447
LGBT Project Lead: Linda Mayekiso +27 71 678 8146
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