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Fragomen Worldwide Best Diversity Initiative

Going back as far back as 1984, IBM has included sexual orientation in its non-discrimination policy. In 1995, it established an LGBT+ executive task force focused on making the company a safe and desirable workplace for everyone.

It’s about supporting an inclusive workplace where every IBMer can say, “I believe, I belong, I matter,” according to Ayman Antoun, president of IBM Canada.

More recently, the company has included the concept of “ally membership” in its LGBT+ community, and when, in 2017, it became apparent the number of allies had to started to decline at the company, along with active participation in the LGBT+ community, IBM decided to take action.

So, in May 2017, a global “365 Ally Engagement” initiative was launched, led by Nancy McTavish, who is also global leader for business agility at IBM, which has 366,600 employees globally.

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