Ninety percent of transgender people have experienced harassment, mistreatment or discrimination at work. We’re making sure working at BNY Mellon is different.
A supportive, respectful workplace is important to all employees, and can be especially meaningful to transgender people and those transitioning to a new gender. While 78 percent of people in the U.S. who transitioned feel more comfortable and perform better at work,1 90 percent of transgender people have experienced harassment, mistreatment or discrimination on the job.2
At BNY Mellon, we want all our people, including our transgender employees, to thrive and grow. Gender transition is an extremely personal, complex and lengthy journey. We developed guidelines to help employees support their transgender and transsexual colleagues and to assist managers who have team members undergoing or planning a gender transition. These guidelines include helpful information such as proper terms for discussing gender identity, best practices for a transgender-inclusive workplace, and steps that could be included in a customized transition plan.
In November 2018, we were among the first of hundreds of companies to sign a business statement calling for transgender equality under the law.3 The signing coincided with Transgender Awareness Week, during which we shared with employees the business statement, our new transgender guidelines, and our continued commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual/transgender plus (LGBT+) equality and inclusion. Further validating our inclusive culture, BNY Mellon scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and was named among the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality for the 12th consecutive year.