Our PRISM Asia Pacific chapter promotes LGBT+ inclusiveness by participating in community events and engaging business leaders through industry forums. BNY Mellon’s Hong Kong employees and their friends and families joined the annual Pink Dot rally and Hong Kong Pride Parade, two of the region’s largest LGBT+ events. We were proud to sponsor Pink Dot, an outdoor carnival and a concert celebrating diversity and inclusion for the past five years. As a member of the Hong Kong LGBT+ Interbank Forum, BNY Mellon invited employees to march with over 10,000 people in the Hong Kong Pride Parade, which promotes LGBT+ equal rights and anti-discrimination.
BNY Mellon senior managers and PRISM Hong Kong members also engaged with business leaders on LGBT+ equality at the Out Leadership Asia Summit. David Cruikshank, Asia Pacific Chairman, emphasized the importance of equality and advocating for change from the top and in locations where the laws are less favorable toward the LGBT+ community. “As senior leaders in the region, we should not settle for the status quo. We should take personal responsibility to drive change and set the tone to build a more inclusive environment for everyone.”
As one of the top 50 ally executives dedicated to promote LGBT+ inclusion on the 2018 Financial Times OUTstanding list, Sammi Cho, Chief Administrative Officer Asia Pacific Region & Chief Executive Hong Kong Branch has driven notable efforts to raise the profile of LGBT+ professionals and their inclusion. Sammi’s leadership has driven the evolution of PRISM in Asia Pacific from an ally only network since its inception in 2014 to a fully inclusive LGBT+ network today.
PRISM, one of our employee resource groups, fosters an open and supportive environment for LGBT+ employees.
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