LGBTI inclusion at IBM

Diversity means feeling comfortable, valued and included: making it safe for people to be out themselves at work. We know that all employees, including gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees, will only reach their full potential and make their fullest contribution to our clients' success if they are comfortable to be who they are.

IBM's Diversity and Inclusion policies have included references to sexual orientation for over 20 years. IBM was one of the very first companies to do this, and continues to lead the way by creating an atmosphere where LGBTI employees are not just valued, but empowered to think freely and to be themselves. In this way, we enable LGBTI employees to fully contribute to the workplace and our clients.

IBM celebrates Pride Month with the LGBTI Community

EAGLE Diversity Networking Group

EAGLE is IBM’s Employee Alliance for employees who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or intersex, and their supporters. EAGLE promotes a safe and open working environment, both at IBM and in the community. EAGLE fosters a strong sence of community for LGBTI employees for mentoring, social networking and support and encourages close links to external community groups, through volunteering their business skills and time to a wide variety of LGBTI initiatives and programs. Employees who are not part of the LGBTI community are also encouraged to be LGBTI ally, with on-line training to outline what that means.

Pride in Diversity

IBM is a founding member of Pride in Diversity - Australia's first and only not-for-profit workplace program designed specifically to assist Australian employers with the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) employees. We are also proud to become Pride in Diversity's first Platinum Partner. IBM has been in the Top 20 Companies for LGBTI employees to work for since the inception of the PID awards in 2011.

Pride in Diversity is proud to partner with:

ACON - Australia's largest community-based LGBTI health and HIV/AIDS organisation. ACON brings with it 25 years of experience working within the LGBTI community and has a wealth of experience in relation to LGBTI health, wellbeing, research and community.

Diversity Council Australia is the independent not-for-profit diversity advisor to Australian business, and Stonewall UK and its Diversity Champions Program.

Stonewall UK is a leading UK employer program for LGBTI inclusion and developers of the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index.