Our PRISM Asia Pacific chapter promotes LGBTQA 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 LGBTQA events. We were proud to sponsor Pink Dot, an outdoor carnival and a concert celebrating diversity and inclusion for the second year. As a member of the Hong Kong LGBT Interbank Forum, BNY Mellon invited employees to marched for the fourth year with employees from other banks and nearly 7,000 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 LGBTQA equality at the Out Leadership: Asia 2016 Summit and the U.S. Consulate roundtable session. Speaking at a panel discussion on Championing Equality While Managing Risk, Steve Lackey, APAC Chairman, emphasized that managing risk is important when operating in some Asia Pacific countries with less than favorable LGBTQA laws. He commented, “In order to ensure that we are successful in the longer term, we have to change – and we have to bring change throughout the entire company, not just in the pockets located where the laws are most favorable.”
PRISM, one of our employee resource groups, fosters an open and supportive environment for LGBTQA employees. To learn more about how we advance LGBTQA rights outside our organization, read our CSR Report (PDF - 6 MB).