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We often refer to Deloitte as a people business, as we couldn’t do what we do for our clients without the people we have in the firm. People are what make our business great and we value diversity, and are committed to respect and inclusion.
One of these networks is GLOBE and GLOBE Cymru & South West is an off-shoot of the network for people in our region. What GLOBE does is provide opportunities for LGBT+ people from across the business to network, as well as to advise and support. And we also have a number of individuals in the region who are part of our Allies programme. This initiative encourages non-LGBT people in the business to declare their support for LGBT+ inclusion and visibility.
The GLOBE network is part and parcel of the culture we’re fortunate to have at Deloitte, enabling everyone to feel able to be themselves at work.
On Saturday 13 July, GLOBE Cymru & South West members and allies, plus friends and family, took part in the Bristol Pride march for the first time. It was the 10th anniversary of Bristol Pride and our proud supporters, decked out in Deloitte t-shirts of every colour of the rainbow, gathered together to join the 18,000-strong parade around the city centre to celebrate the LBGT+ community and promote inclusivity.
We all took turns to hold the Deloitte banner and wave flags including the new Philadelphia Pride flag that represents people of colour. It was great to see the big smiles planted on everyone’s faces all day long and the march went really well.
Whilst the parade itself ended at Millennium Square, the fun didn’t stop there. Bristol Pride Day culminated in a free outdoor festival at The Downs which we didn’t intend to miss. Everyone had a chance to unwind, relax and enjoy the music and live performances. Plus there were community and family areas, markets and lots more to help while away the evening. Bristol has a great music scene but it’s not every day you get to hear Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Boney M and Mel C. A high note to end the day on.
All in all, a fantastic day celebrating diversity and an experience we’ll want to be involved in again next year.
Bristol Pride was one in a series of events that our people across the UK have taken part in this summer. As well as enjoying sunshine and warm weather, our GLOBE and Allies members have been involved in Pride festivities in other cities. Members, as well as families and friends, have celebrated with colour, jubilation and a whole lot of love as we’ve proudly marched in parades in London, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Liverpool, Leeds, Cardiff, Belfast and Manchester.
Authored by GLOBE Cymru & South West Network