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When Diversity Really Is Global: Human Corporate Responsibility for LGBT Colleagues

SAP, empresa modelo en inclusión y diversidad — SAP, a model company in inclusion and diversity

You probably know that SAP is a global company with offices in over 130 countries.  In this new interview with Gayles TV, online television programming for lesbians, gays, transgender, and bisexual people (LGBT), colleague Miguel Castro, who coordinates SAP’s global LGBT group HomoSAPiens, speaks to us in Spanish from Madrid, Spain.

“For SAP, diversity and inclusion are very important policies, within everything that is our culture,” Miguel says, citing the benefits of being inclusive of employee differences, including growth in innovation and employee retention rates.

And yet even as we’ve made gains in human rights in one of SAP’s major global homes, the USA, “The world is in a much more explicitly polarized place around gay rights than ever before,” said Julie Dorf, an activist based in San Francisco, in this SFGate article from May According to the article, “An estimated 76 countries criminalize homosexuality, often with long prison terms. Six countries and parts of several others impose the death penalty.”

While it may be getting better in Latin America and other Spanish-speaking countries that may watch this video, in some places in the world where our SAP colleagues work, they live in potential danger if they come out as LGBT (this is why it was important that we subtitled It Gets Better: SAP Employees in 13 languages).

Until it does get better worldwide, global employee resource groups such as HomoSAPiens at SAP help lead the change on behalf of employees, as a matter of human and corporate responsibility. “We like to see how we can help improve the social situation… The main goal is to achieve the best working environment possible for all our community,” says Miguel.

“We are located in western countries, and we are located in countries where homosexuality and transsexuality are prosecuted. Everything we can do to help those who cannot fight for themselves because of their circumstances, we do it gladly,” he says.  We strive to model our diversity and inclusion values to all employees, regardless of where they work.

How does global diversity support your employees worldwide, even in less-than-hospitable circumstances? Drop us a note in the comments and let’s collaborate.

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      Author's profile photo Tammy Powlas
      Tammy Powlas

      "Bueno bueno bueno" as my Spanish teacher said long ago.

      Hopefully this translates into "good" - that is my intent.

      I forget how hard at times it is to walk in the shoes ("moccasins") of others until you and Tobias Trapp remind me.

      Author's profile photo Moya Watson
      Moya Watson
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      Gracias amiga!  Bravo!

      Author's profile photo Susan Keohan
      Susan Keohan

      I don't speak any Spanish, but I watched the video with subtitles.  I continue to be impressed with SAP's inclusion - and wish for the day when it is so no longer necessary - that we are all embraced, for all our differences and qualities.

      Author's profile photo Moya Watson
      Moya Watson
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      Well put and thanks Sue.

      I regularly tell people that my work at SAP has been the hardest and most rewarding - exactly because of our work on diversity and inclusion.  The challenges and the amazing successes have really brought us together - and me closer to a more authentic being.

      thanks for being a part of that.

      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member


      I am very pleased to say that the organization I work for has a global office of diversity and inclusion led by a global manager, an executive diversity council, and local diversity councils at the plants/ offices. Earlier this year I was so excited to be accepted into the diversity council at the corporate headquarters. Activities are planned throughout the year, including each site's annual Diversity Day, diversity lunch and learns, and diversity moments at the quarterly safety meetings. We have not done any videos yet to my knowledge, but we are working to bring about change. I hope that some day we are up there with SAP in this effort.


      Author's profile photo Moya Watson
      Moya Watson
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      that is wonderful that you are on the diversity council!  That sounds like a very well organized global diversity organization.  How many people work at Chevron Phillips? I would welcome collaboration if you would like to join one of the Pride group's monthly calls sometime.  Feel free to message me.

      thanks again