Arup's LGBTIQAA+ network
The aim of the Connect Out network is to create a more inclusive workplace for everyone.
Connect Out is Arup's LGBTIQAA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer/Questioning, Asexual/Aromantic and Allies) Network. A network set up to support and educate all our LGBTI identifying colleagues and their allies.
Evidence has shown that an LGBTIQAA+ Network helps to ensure effective workplace equality and inclusion, and provides vital peer support for LGBTIQAA+ identifying individuals.
At Arup, we have a clear and broad remit for Diversity & Inclusion. Under the Diversity & Inclusion strategy there are a number of streams, one of which is LGBTIQAA+ Inclusion. At the core of the LGBTIQAA+Inclusion strategy is the sustainability, growth and success of the Connect Out Network. Our main target in the D&I Strategy is to provide a workplace where everyone feels comfortable to bring their whole selves to work each day.
Through the Connect Out network, we aim to contribute to our Diversity & Inclusion agenda by:
- Reinforcing an inclusive and accepting environment for all LGBTIQAA+ identifying staff.
- Encouraging the recruitment, engagement, mentoring, professional development and (consequently) retention of LGBTIQAA+ talent.
- Encouraging LGBTIQAA+ allies to demonstrate their support of the network and LGBTIQAA+ employees and clients.
- Educating all Arupians on issues affecting LGBTIQAA+ identifying staff and clients.