Spend energy being yourself. You'll waste a lot of energy hiding who you are.
Why Aviva Pride?
Nearly half of all LGBT+ people in Ireland don’t feel comfortable being themselves in the workplace. They sometimes feel the need to hide details of their personal lives for fear of not being able ‘fit in’ or sometimes the fear of being discriminated against. Many ‘come out’ numerous times throughout their life – to their family, indirect family, friends, colleagues etc. Every time an LGBT+ person starts a new job, there is the inevitability of ‘coming out’ all over again, or hiding who they are.
What is Aviva Pride?
One of Aviva’s values as an organisation is that we care like crazy about our customers, and each other. Aviva Pride is Aviva's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans employee and allies network group – it is 100% organised and run by our people on behalf of their colleagues. Our ambition is to be recognised for our commitment to LGBT+ employees and customers, as well as making Aviva an employer of choice for LGBT+ professionals where our people are free to do their best work. Aviva Pride has worked hard to create a positive, open culture and we live by these values which are integral to Aviva's success.
Our Allies Programme
We believe that it's important to spend energy being yourself, not hiding it. An ally is someone who supports and stands up for the rights of LGBT+ people even if they don’t identify as LGBT+. Allies help by being visible and standing up to homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language; sending a clear and visible message that discrimination in the workplace is not acceptable and that everyone should and can be free to be themselves.
Courage can be infectious. We need to push back against stereotypes however we can. By just opening up conversations around these simple topics and being more honest with each other we can really create a culture where we recognise each others' differences and embrace them.
Across Aviva’s three Irish locations (Cork, Galway and Dublin), our Pride and Ally employee network has been growing over the past 18 months. We’ve held a number of Aviva Pride and Allies events and seminars in order to increase visibility, understanding and awareness amongst our people. We also hold an annual staff raffle in aid of an LGBT+ charity. This summer, we’re holding several staff events for LGBT+ History week, as well as marking the second anniversary of the historic Irish referendum on equal marriage. All of these activities are leading up to the main event in 2017 – the participation of Aviva Ireland in the annual Dublin Pride festival for the second year running. On 24 June, Aviva employees from all over Ireland will participate in the parade. It’s sure to be another fun and successful day, so keep an eye out for the yellow Aviva bus!