Welcome to BeMe@esb – ESB’s LGBT+ & Allies Employee Network
We are a network of LGBT+ colleagues and non LGBT+ colleagues who want to ensure that anyone who is LGBT+ can confidently bring their whole self to work every day.
We will do this by demonstrating ESB’s commitment to a truly inclusive organisation, through networking events and other initiatives.
Sarah Claxton Employee Engagement, Communications & Diversity Lead and Bernie O’Connor, Diversity & Inclusion Specialist have been worked closely with GLEN(Gay Lesbian Equality Network) to create a workplace that is inclusive and where our LGBT+ Colleagues can bring their whole self to work.
Jim Dollard, Executive Director, BSC & Electric Ireland is also ESB’s Executive Sponsor for LGBT Inclusion in the Workplace. Jim is also member of GLEN’s Diversity Champions Business Ambassador Council. The Ambassador Council is a gathering of senior business leaders who are committed to supporting GLEN make Irish workplaces LGBT+ inclusive.
We are members of GLEN’s Diversity Champions Network which is a national network established by GLEN ( Gay Lesbian Equality Network) which includes companies like EY, PWC, LinkedIn, Vodafone, Google, Deutsche Bank, Dublin City Council, The Defence Forces, An Garda Siochana to mention just a few.
BeMe@esb – launch
Also, read about the launch in the August/September issue of EM
How can I participate and show my support?
We’d love to hear from you, if you would like to be an advocate / ally for an LGBT+ inclusive workplace – contact BeMe@esb.ie
What’s an ally?
An Ally can be LGBT+ or non LGBT+ but is someone who proudly supports LGBT+ colleagues, is committed to raising awareness and working to ensure ESB is LGBT+ inclusive workplace and helps to create an inclusive environment / culture in the workplace where everyone can bring their whole self to work.
Download the What is an Ally poster?.
We have marriage equality now, do we really need this network?
Marriage equality is a wonderful milestone in equality.
There is more to do. Unconscious bias exists. The reality is that not all LGBT+ people , who would like to be themselves at work, are. Can you imagine what it must be like to leave a significant part of yourself outside the door every day when you come into work? For those LGBT+ colleagues who experience that and don’t want that to change for them, that is of course their choice and we fully respect that. For those who would like that to change for them, we are here so that it will.
Get in touch!
If you’d like to be part of the group, an ally, or both , whether you’re LGBT+ or not, we’d love to hear from you. Just email BeMe@esb.ie with your details and we’ll be in touch.