HSBC buildings in New York have been decorated with rainbow flags to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) pride. Irene Dorner, President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA, said: “Diversity is in our DNA. People from a huge range of backgrounds help HSBC thrive, and I’m delighted and proud to celebrate the contribution that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff make to the success of our business.”
I’m delighted to celebrate the contribution that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff make to the success of our business
President and Chief Executive Officer, HSBC USA
The 14th Street branch in New York and the HSBC office on 5th Avenue were both decorated as part of celebrations taking place across the business in June. The bank’s office in Toronto will also be decorated in rainbow colours later in the month. A rainbow light show will be projected on HSBC buildings in Hong Kong and the Philippines.
HSBC’s backing for LGBT pride is part of a broader commitment to creating an inclusive culture. The bank supports 50 different employee groups with more than 11,000 members worldwide covering areas such as gender, ethnicity, disability, working parents and carers.
Pride networks, led by LGBT employees in HSBC, have helped set up events in June. The network in Brazil, for example, organised a seminar showcasing the best ways to create a supportive environment for LGBT employees. More than 40 other companies and organisations took part.
HSBC believes that diversity can help companies achieve a competitive advantage. The bank's efforts to create an inclusive workplace have won awards in the UK, the US, Australia and Hong Kong.