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Friday 22 August 2014

Dublin Bus named 'diversity champions' as they launch new LGBT initiatives for Pride Month

Clare Cullen

Published 24/06/2014 | 15:08

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Dublin Bus have launched 'a number' of LGBT initiatives this month in order to "demonstrate continued commitment to its policy of inclusiveness".

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The move comes during LGBT Pride month and is in advance of the upcoming Pride march this Saturday. 

Among the new initiatives by Dublin bus are changes to their paternity leave policy and the launch of an internal poster campaign which aims to promote a positive work environment for all.

The company has extended their three-day paternity leave policy to all employees whose partner gives birth to or adopts a child, "in a bid to ensure greater equality".

Dublin Bus Head of Human Resources and Development, Phil Donohue, said that the "change in paternity policy is an important move in establishing that inclusiveness and recognising the equal importance of same sex relationships among our employees.”

The poster campaign aims to promoting a positive work environment for all, and was launched this  month by Dublin Bus CEO alongside GLEN (the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network) and a representative from the the Equality Authority’s Equality Mainstreaming Unit. The posters will feature in all Dublin Bus garages around the city.

“We want an environment of mutual respect and inclusiveness for our employees and customers and decided to bring visibility to our LGBT employees through the poster campaign in celebration of Dublin Pride Month."

Dublin Bus are GLEN 'Diversity Champions', through the Diversity Champions programme, which "helps employers understand the business case for being inclusive of their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees by ensuring that any policies comply with LGBT legislation and best practice."

Dublin Bus will provide GLEN with an open top bus for use in Saturday's Dublin Pride parade and will feature the Rainbow Pride flag on their social media avatars for the day of the parade.

Director of Workplace Diversity at GLEN, Davin Roche,  added "I am delighted to welcome Dublin Bus to Diversity Champions, Ireland’s network for LGBT inclusive companies."

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