He For She Campaign
Vodafone's LGBT Network
The mission of Vodafone Ireland LGBT Network is to inspire and empower LGBT employees to maximise their potential in Vodafone. Through networking opportunities, we hope to facilitate learning, contacts, and alliances that enhance the careers and development of Vodafone employees.Even though the LGBT Network has only been formed for a short time it has been very busy:
Spirit Day – On October 15, 2015, we asked Vodafone colleagues to join millions of people from all over the world to stand against transphobic and homophobic bullying and showing support for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth by wearing something purple on the day. The day was a great success.
GLEN – The LGBT network are working in conjunction with Glen (Gay & Lesbian Equality Network) to make sure our HR policies are in line with workplace equality guidelines. They are also liaising with HR to ensure LGBT needs are met within our local policies.
Our four key priorities:-
- Enhance Vodafone’s ability to build an inclusive workplace
- Enhance professional growth by providing opportunities to network and connect with role models
- Internally and externally, promote the development and advancement of LGBT employees in our industry-
- Raise the profile of Vodafone Ireland as a supporter of LGBT
MARC Leaders Programme
This year the Diversity and Inclusion group has organised a two day MARC leaders workshop for senior men from Vodafone Ireland, UK and Group. MARC stands for 'men advocating real change' and it’s an initiative created by the global non-profit organisation Catalyst.
The workshop is a next step for around 20 established and emerging leaders from Vodafone and will give them the tools that they need to be visible, proactive and committed in their advocacy of equality and diversity in Vodafone and in our community.
Our commitment to the MARC programme builds on the public commitment that Vodafone’s Group CEO, Vittorio made when he became one of 10 global business leaders to publicly advocate his support for gender equality as part of the UN’s HeForShe campaign.
The Women’s Network has had another active year. Here is an idea of what they achieved -
- Senior Irish Business Leaders:Thought Leadership Dinner. In January, Vodafone Women’s Network sponsored a thought leadership dinner in advance of meeting with a Government Minister to request a ‘Lord Davies Report’ for Ireland.
- Pamela Jeffrey, founder of WXN and Sandra Healy, Head of CXX for Vodafone Enterprise and Chair of the Women’s Network, met with Aodhán Ó Ríordáin T.D. (the then Minister of State with Responsibility for New Communities, Culture and Equality).
- Vodafone Women’s Network, in collaboration with the 30% Club Ireland, hosted a ‘Speed Networking Event', in the Vodafone Customer Experience Centre. Twenty two organisations each delivered a three minute pitch on key objectives and initiatives on progressing gender balance. Vodafone's Anne O’Leary and Anne Sheehan were executive sponsors of the event.
- Vodafone’s Women’s Network hosted a LinkedIn event in November. Guest speaker Barry Vickers from Ericsson talked about‘How to use LinkedIn to effectively build your network and promote Vodafone’. A photographer took professional 'headshots' for employees.