It is with great Pride…

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It is with great Pride…

Pride 2019: we were there. Proudly moving forward.

Diversity and Inclusion are of great importance to Deloitte. Diversity and Inclusion allow employees to be themselves, without fear of conscious or unconscious exclusion. It means having respect for others who think differently. It means our culture not only acknowledges these differences: it embraces them, respects them and recognizes their added value.

Therefore, Deloitte Netherlands was very proud to be part of Pride 2019. On 3 August Deloitte sailed along with the Amsterdam Canal Parade with its own boat, just like last year.

Proudly Moving Forward | Deloitte Canal Parade 2019

The legendary Canal Parade

A total of 80 boats sail through the Amsterdam canals during the Canal Parade. The overarching theme of this year's parade is 'Remember the past, create the future'. Of which Deloitte’s adaptation is: proudly moving forward around the globe. We want to lead by example and demonstrate our extensive network on how proud we are. Therefore we invited LGBT+ colleagues from around the world that joined us on 3 August. 

Deloitters Larissa Snoek and Tim van der Pas about the participation: "For Deloitte this is a great event and a fantastic opportunity. We are very proud and honored that the organization of Pride has awarded us with a ticket to the canal parade. Our participation exhibits that Deloitte embraces diversity regardless of origin, religion or sexual preference.”

Being you authentic self

Larissa and Tim are members of GLOBE, an initiative within Deloitte that connects people who share affinity around LGBT+(Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender). Both people belonging to the LGBT+ target audience, as well as people that do have affinity with this (allies) are welcome to participate.

The main goal of GLOBE Netherlands is to create an environment where people can be ‘their authentic selves’ and can be who they truly are, without feeling pressure to hide or to excuse themselves. We strongly believe in an inclusive culture where people can put maximum energy on making impact for their clients and working on their personal development, without putting energy in being someone who they not really are. Having a diverse workforce will make Deloitte stronger, more impactful and more fun to work together with people that contribute with different strengths, views and backgrounds.

What can you do?

This year's theme reffers to the Stonewall uprising 50 years ago. We have come a long way, but there is still a lot of work to do. 

That is why we wanted to give you a few tips that you can start right away and make a difference:

  • Be inclusive in your statements.
    • Ask whether someone has a partner instead of a wife or husband.
    • Remember that 0,5 to 1 percent of the population does not identify in the binary male or female scheme.
  • Actively challenge unwanted behavior within the company and outside. For example, within Deloitte, you can escalate to your team lead, GLOBE or to Deloitte’s confidants, if you feel uncomfortable doing this yourself. Find a person in your company where you can do the same. Or be such a person to your colleagues. 
  • Start the conversation with your colleagues and your clients about what makes you tick. 
  • Remember that Diversity & Inclusion is good for business.
  • But most importantly: be yourself.
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