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JLL will be marching at London Pride on 27th June
JLL will be the first property advisory company to have a walking group at the Pride in London Parade on Saturday 27th June. The group will be marching with LaSalle Investments and other client and peer companies that are part of Freehold, the UK LGBT networking group for property professionals.
Pride in London is the city's biggest one-day event, and one of the world's largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) celebrations. Last year more than 750,000 people came to Pride in London, and 30,000 people joined the Parade. Anyone who wants to support us can join our walking group.
The group march is being co-ordinated by JLL's Building Pride Network. The network exists to promote diversity within JLL and the property sector to create a secure, respectful and accepting environment where LGBT professionals are enabled and empowered to reach their full potential. This ties in to the firm's sustainability and Building for Tomorrow strategies, as well as the Changing the face of Property initiative that we are spearheading along with other stakeholders in the property industry. Since its launch, the group has been commended by Stonewall for its pioneering activities and the speed with which it has started making changes.
The Network is co-chaired by Dave Carlos in JLL's Upstream Sustainability team and Kelly Canterford in JLL's Strategic Asset Management team. Since its launch, the group has been commended by Stonewall for its pioneering activities and the speed with which it has started making changes. Five JLL employees have become active with the organisation Diversity Role Models which seeks to prevent homophobic and transphobic bullying in UK schools by sending ambassadors into schools to give young people real life stories about life as a gay or bisexual person. Building Pride has also raised over £2,500 for the Albert Kennedy Trust which supports LGBT young people who become homeless because their families rejected them or abused them after declaring their sexuality.
Dave Carlos commented: "The Parade is a fantastic opportunity for JLL to support the LGBT community and its allies as well as celebrating achievements to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive city and nation.
"The property industry is not renowned for its diversity and doesn't have a good reputation in terms of equality for LGBT professionals. Marching in the pride parade for the first time is a big statement of our commitment to change not only our company but the industry as a whole. We are proud to be walking with Freehold and are looking forward to a fun day!"
Watch a video here where our UK CEO, Guy Grainger, discusses JLL's involvement in the Pride in London Parade.