Workplace Inclusion Day

Organised in partnership with Workplace Pride, we aimed to transform the workplace for greater impact.

Workplace Inclusion Day

According to the World Health Organisation, people spend one-third of their lives at work. But if people cannot be themselves at work, they are less productive, less effective and ultimately less fulfilled personally. This is even more the case for LGBTI+ people who often have to hide their true identities due to legal or cultural obstacles.

The LGBTI+ Workplace Inclusion Day, which took place within the space of the Human Rights Conference of Copenhagen 2021, focused on how to create workplaces where everyone can be themselves. It covered all sides of the story from creating supporting structures within organisations to corporate advocacy that can impact LGBTI+ non-friendly legislation through plenary sessions, ‘town halls’ and breakout sessions.

Looking at this topic through an international lens, this day explored how civil society organisations can learn how to better work with the private, governmental, and diplomatic sectors. Likewise, these actors will better understand the challenges, priorities, and aspirations of LGBTI+ civil society organisations.

As executive partner to the Human Rights Forum and co-organiser of the LGBTI+ Workplace Inclusion Day, Amsterdam-based NGO Workplace Pride will work with many European and international representatives to paint a complete picture of the global LGBTI+ workplace landscape. Through case studies, interactive discussions and practical solutions, participants will be better equipped to make progress on LGBTI+ inclusion for all stakeholders.

Who could participate in the Workplace Inclusion Day?

The LGBTI+ Workplace Inclusion Day was aimed at organisations and companies that wish to create more inclusive work environments. Better inclusion of LGBTI+ people at the workplace does not only benefit the employees but leads to a better work environment for the entire organisation. At the LGBTI+ Workplace Inclusion Day, we welcomed a broad array of companies, organisations and interested people that want to work actively on inclusion.


Wednesday 18 August, Øksnehallen 
08:00 – 09:00Registration
09:00 – 09:05Welcome by host Sara Louise Muhr. MSO, ph.d. at Copenhagen Business School, CBS
09:05 – 09:20Petra de Sutter, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
09:20 – 09:35Keynote Speech by Maersk
09:35 – 10:15Plenary Panel
10:15 – 11:00Townhall session: Asia & the Pacific
11:00 – 11:30Break
11:30 – 12:45Sphere sessions:
1. Workplace Pride
2. L’Autre Cercle
4. Unions & The ILO
5. BCG
6. Working on It
12:45 – 14:00Lunch Break
14:00 – 14:45Townhall session: Africa
14:45 – 15:00Small break
15:00 – 16:15Sphere sessions:
7. East Meets West & Prague Pride
8. Young at Workplace Pride
9. Prout at Work
10. Panel including REDI, Mærsk, more TBA
11. LGBT+ Danmark & FIU-Equality
12. Copenhagen Business School
16:15 – 16:45 Break
16:45 – 17:30Townhall session: Latin-America
17:30 – 17:40Peter Hummelgaard, Denmark’s Minister of Employment and Equal Opportunities
17:40 – 18:00Closing panel
18:30 – 20:00Reception

Photo by Kasper Hedegaard

Speakers include
  • Petra de Sutter, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium
  • Ulf Hahnemann, CHRO for Maersk
  • Annika Zawadzki, Managing Director & Partner & Lead LGBTI network for Europe, BCG.
  • Margot Slattery, Group Head of Diversity and Inclusion at ISS.
  • Peter Hummelgaard, Minister of Equality and Equal Opportunities in Denmark
  • Alexandre Stutzmann, Senior Advisor to the President of the U.N. General Assembly

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