Monday 19 August 2019

OUTstanding opens Irish office to further LGBT+ inclusion in business

Pictured at the launch of OUTstanding Ireland are (standing, from left): Stuart Barette, #1 LGBT future leader and Global CMB IT Programme Manager, HSBC, Patric Schaffer, IBM and Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA. Seated: Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo and Suki Sandhu, OUTstanding founder & CEO.
Pictured at the launch of OUTstanding Ireland are (standing, from left): Stuart Barette, #1 LGBT future leader and Global CMB IT Programme Manager, HSBC, Patric Schaffer, IBM and Martin Shanahan, CEO, IDA. Seated: Margot Slattery, country president, Sodexo and Suki Sandhu, OUTstanding founder & CEO.
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

OUTstanding, an LGBT+ membership organisation which helps businesses create diverse and inclusive work environments, has launched an Irish membership offering and opened an office in Dublin.

Expansion into Ireland will allow best practice to be shared more widely, allowing new member firms to work more closely with the established network and experience the benefits of programmes locally, as well as amplify efforts being made to further LGBT+ inclusion, a statement from OUTstanding said.

The Irish offering has launched with several leading businesses already signed up as founding members including Sodexo, EY, LinkedIn, PayPal, IBM, Aer Lingus and ESB.

"I see diversity, and more importantly inclusion, becoming a real global issue. We currently work with OUTstanding in the UK and it makes sense to continue this work in the Irish region," Margot Slattery, country president of Sodexo and chair of the OUTstanding Ireland steering committee, said.

While Suki Sandhu, OUTstanding Founder & CEO, said that he was "thrilled" to be launching a new membership proposition for Ireland,

"We saw huge appetite for our leadership development programmes and events here and look forward to building a powerful Irish network," Mr Sandhu said.

Since its launch over fours years ago in the UK, OUTstanding’s membership has grown to over 70 global businesses.

In Ireland OUTstanding membership offers a number of options, ranging from between €3,500 and €5,000.

"When we meet with prospective members, we work with them to ensure we can tailor a package that meets their needs and is appropriate for where they are on their LGBT inclusion journey," a spokesperson told Independent.ie

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