PR executives have been very busy after the economic meltdown trying to change the industry’s image. Here is a message to them: The financial (dis)services industry needs to sort itself out big time. How can they advance gay “equality” when they can’t even manage to respect simple social fairness? Oh I know, they’re planning to hire more crooks with a gay tag attached …
This is great news – a lot could be achieved. I would certainly like to see the corporate world lift its game on equality and diversity but I fear this event may just end up preaching to the choir. Yes, role models such as the brilliant Lord Browne and engagement with the LGBT community (which Antony Jenkins, chief executive of Barclays, appears to focus on solely) are important but there is a much bigger picture which needs to be embraced. I would, for example, like to see more positive images of LGBTs in mainstream corporate marketing so that the ‘pace of change’ towards a more tolerant and equal society is accelerated across the whole community, not just amongst us as Mr Jenkins says. Marketing equality and diversity to LGBTs is no longer enough – we’re not the problem! The corporate world needs to start telling everyone else about it to a much greater degree than currently happens.
Something tells me The Vatican Bank won’t be putting in an appearance.
I don’t really see the point of all this.
Most banks and financial companies already have excellent LGBT rights and benefits. They are only preaching to the converted.
Spanner – we agree for once!! Being gay in a City institution is largely a non-issue. In the mid-levels, at least, gays and women seem fairly represented. It’s the higher levels that need some diversity (for which this conference will do nothing) and at all levels there is a need to encourage more racial minorities into the industry.
I love Hillary and hope she becomes our President but the shameful fact of the matter is her official position on marriage equality is that it should be limited to one man and one woman. She still holds the position that the President had before his recent “evolution”. Hillary has never publicly stated an evolution so we can only assume that she still holds the position she championed in the 2007 Democratic primaries.
I appreciate all of the GLBT activism she’s done around the world and I have no doubt that her REAL position matches the Presidents, her husband’s and her daughter’s but it’s WAY past time that she state that position publicly.
it may look good on the surface and in the past the gay movement may have been too left aligned but i am wary of a gay profile aligned to corporate images at a time when most of the population are reeling from inequality and injustice. it would be unfortunate if the sole fruits of the early gay movement was to let the ‘A-gays’ party openly whilst the rest of the pack, and the population at large, suffer in unequal measure.