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Nine French companies sign the charter of The Other LGBT Circle

(Blogmensgo, 11 January 2013) Nine heads of large French companies have co-signed on the 7th January 2013, the "Charter of commitment to LGBT" developed by the association L'Autre Cercle and the consulting firm Accenture. This charter formalizes the "policy of promoting diversity and preventing discrimination of LGBT" the signatories commit themselves to implement within their public or private runnings.

Click to enlarge ©L’Autre Cercle.
Click to enlarge ©L’Autre Cercle.

The charter of commitment LGBT L'Autre Circle (PDF)

The charter was signed by both leaders following companies: Accenture, Alcatel-Lucent, ARS (Regional Health Agency Île-de-France), Casino, Eau de Paris, IBM, Orange, Randstad and Veolia. The signing ceremony was attended by Dominique Baudis, defender of rights (including prorogatives include more or less those of the deceased Halde) Michel Sapin, Minister of Labour, Employment and Vocational Training; Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of Women's Rights and government spokesman.

The signatories undertake, generally, to "ensure inclusive work environment for people" LGBT.

To do this, signatory companies must "cultivate a climate of understanding" LGBT-friendly and their "bodies give an example through their exemplary behavior." These bodies undertake to "ensure a visible commitment [...] against any act of discrimination or about" homophobic nature.

Actions and consultations relating to discrimination, annual reports and other reporting elements must "explicitly mention the LGBT theme." The same companies are committed to support initiatives of their staff, for example, participation in demonstrations, to "fight against discrimination against LGBT people."

Finally, the signatories to ensure "equal rights and treatment" for all staff, regardless of "sexual orientation, gender identity or gender." Access to the "rights and benefits" in force in the company explicitly includes, where applicable, "as part of the conjugal and parental."

Comment. The eternal story of the glass half empty and half full.

I'm still a little skeptical. Charters are valid only for what they become. The French Charter of 1814? An amiable farce supposedly pluralistic prelude to its antithesis, the Chamber found. The charter against homophobia in sport? Hmm.

This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.

Philca & Matt / MensGo

(Via Terrafemina.com 7 January 2013)

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