The organization releases a best practice guide for equal opportunity employers
Lack of inclusion for members of the LGBT+ community is still prevalent in many workplaces, particularly in the Philippines. There are several moves and steps that need to be taken to educate employees and employers about SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression).
To celebrate its 10th founding anniversary, the Philippine Financial and Inter-Industry Pride Playbook (PFIP), the leading Philippine LGBT+ organization, is releasing a best practices guide for equal opportunity employers. The playbook tackles inclusive policies, programs, and practices for local organizations, aiming to free LGBT+ Filipinos from denied rights. The playbook also commits to protecting and promoting safe workplaces within the corporate pride community and reaffirms its support for the greater LGBT+ ecosystem in the Philippines.
Supported by the University of the Philippines Center for Women’s and Gender Studies, the playbook also chronicles PFIP’s successes throughout its first decade. A key feature is the case studies illustrating the DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) journeys of PFIP member companies.
“The PFIP Playbook is a convenient and comprehensive resource for companies to reference as they continue to promote gender equality in their places of work,” says Weena Ekid, PFIP incorporating board trustee and chairperson. “We are excited to share it with the PFIP family through our CEO Forum on April 13th and Cebu Workplace Inclusion Forum on May 27, but also look forward to introducing it to local companies, government offices, the academe, and making them part of our DEI conversations.”
Today, with more than 80 member firms across multiple industries from Metro Manila, Cebu, and Baguio, PFIP is the leading voice and champion for workplace DEI.
“PFIP aspires to create safer and more progressive workplaces by enabling and equipping our member companies with best practices on inclusive policies, SOGIE training and education, and the business case of inclusion, while empowering LGBT+ talents through sustainable Pride network, professional development and advocacy programs,” shares Jai Leonard Carinan, PFIP’s founding leader and executive director.
Present during the launch was Senator Risa Honteveros, who acknowledged the significance of PFIP Playbook sharing.
“At the heart of the bill, there are only basic rights. The bigger battles are won through the victories of many smaller communities. No win is ever too small, and a win like today’s Playbook is bigger than many.”
H.E. Ambassador Marielle Geraedts from the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands also joined the celebration in the Philippines.
“More and more businesses are realizing that [diversity, equity, and inclusion,] are not only buzzwords. These ideas represent hope and progress for many in the LGBTQIA+ community, who are deserving of recognition and respect as they live and work according to their true selves and identities,” shares the ambassador.
To get a complimentary digital copy of the playbook, you may sign up at http://www.playbook.pfip.com.ph/waitlist.