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Supporting the LGBT community and commitment for a more diverse property industry
NORWICH, 15 March 2017 - Property consultancy
JLL has signed up to march in this year’s Norwich Pride, the first time the global surveying firm will be represented at the annual event which sees people come together for a celebration of diversity and acceptance of the LGBT community.JLL launched its own internal LGBT network over three years ago called ‘Building Pride’ and currently leads the property sector in the
Stonewall Workplace Equality Index. Since then, the group has marched at Pride events in London and Leeds. Staff from the firm’s Norwich office will be marching in the city on Saturday 29 July 2017 to show their commitment for change and a more diversified property industry.Christopher Rutty, Regional Engagement Lead for JLL’s Building Pride Network, said: "Norwich Pride is a real opportunity for us to support the LGBT community and its allies and aligns with JLL’s own ambitions of building a more inclusive workplace.
“As an out gay man and active member of JLL’s Building Pride Committee, I’m keen to support regional engagement across all of our UK offices. Norwich, where I am based, is an excellent starting point to raise awareness, share details of JLL’s existing LGBT initiatives and encourage more colleagues to join in. I am passionate and really proud of the JLL Building Pride Network and our Norwich office for taking part in their first Pride parade this year.”JLL’s Building Pride Network aims to promote diversity and inclusion within JLL and the property sector to create a secure, respectful and accepting environment where LGBT professionals are empowered to reach their full potential. The group was shortlisted for Network Group of the Year in the British LGBT Awards 2016 and Misa von Tunzelman, Lead Director, UK Marketing at JLL, is currently shortlisted for the
most inspirational leader 2017 award. Along with JLL colleagues, Dave Carlos and Kelly Canterford, all three are on the
Financial Times LGBT OUTstanding list.Lucy Oldham, Diversity Lead in JLL’s Norwich office, added: “I am proud that our JLL colleagues across the country, as well as family and friends, will be flying the Pride flag to help celebrate all of the diversity that our fantastic city has to offer.”JLL established its office in Norwich office in 2000 and now employs over 300 staff. From its base at Austin House, the global property consultancy provides Property and Asset Management services to clients across the UK. The office is also the hub for JLL’s UK finance operation providing client accounts, accounts payable, service charge, data management and credit control services.
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