HSBC marks Mardi Gras

HSBC branches in Sydney have been decorated with banners and rainbow flags

HSBC Australia has decorated branches in Sydney with banners and rainbow flags to celebrate Sydney’s Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras. It has also put messages on ATMs and display screens in branches across New South Wales. The activities are part of a campaign organised by HSBC’s Pride Australia Network to coincide with Sydney’s Mardi Gras and Midsumma, Melbourne’s main festival for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The network has arranged events to raise awareness of LGBT issues among employees and distributed badges so that staff can show their support.

Providing an inclusive and supportive environment is a priority for us

Tony Cripps

CEO, HSBC Australia

Tony Cripps, CEO, HSBC Australia, said: “As CEO, I am incredibly proud that HSBC in Australia is lending its voice in support of the LGBT community and its celebration of the 2015 Sydney Mardi Gras. As an employer which values diversity, we want our people to bring the best of themselves to work every day so providing an inclusive and supportive environment is a priority for us.”

HSBC was recently named as one of ten Top Global Employers 2015 by Stonewall, the LGBT equality charity. In 2014, the bank hosted the Out on the Street Asia Summit in Hong Kong, with Stuart Gulliver, the Group Chief Executive, delivering the keynote speech. It also illuminated buildings in the Philippines and Hong Kong and decorated branches in Brazil, Canada, the UK and the US to celebrate LGBT pride.

Established in June 2014, the Pride Australia Network is one of more than 50 employee groups worldwide covering areas such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, working parents and carers.

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