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JLL shows Pride in Norwich

Around 60 from firm's Norwich office take part for first time

Norwich, 8 August 2017 – JLL supported the LGBT+ community at this year’s Norwich Pride, marching for the first time in the annual event on Saturday 29 July.  

Around 60 staff from the firm’s Norwich and London offices along with friends and family marched in the parade to celebrate diversity and acceptance of the LGBT+ community.

Prior to the parade, JLL hosted a ‘Pride breakfast’ in its Norwich office. Guests included representatives from Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary, Fremont Realty, Time to Change, Aviva and Jeremy Hooke who was representing the Peter Tatchell Foundation.

JLL also undertook a series of charity fundraising events in the build up to Norwich Pride including a pop up shop, dress down day, bake sale and raffle which raised nearly £450 for various charities.

Christopher Rutty, Regional Engagement Lead for JLL’s Building Pride Network, said: “JLL’s involvement in Norwich Pride and the fact so many joined us on the day is real statement for change.

“ Norwich Pride was an opportunity to celebrate that everyone is unique.  It’s easy to forget how hard it can be for LGBT people to embrace who they are without fear of discrimination and many still worry about revealing their sexuality at work.  There’s still more to do to realise full equality but the momentum for change continues to build.”

JLL launched its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender network Building Pride in 2014. Its aim is to promote diversity by creating a secure, respectful and accepted environment enabling and empowering LGBT professionals to reach their full potential. 

JLL is a member of Stonewall and engages with Freehold, the leading networking forum for LGBT professionals working within the real estate sector. 

The work of JLL’s Building Pride network has also been recognised by Stonewall whom listed them as their highest ranked property company in their Workplace Equality Index, coming 136 out of all 439 UK businesses ranked in the index. 

JLL was the first global real estate firm to register and participate in Pride marches in London and Leeds. Along with Norwich, the firm has been represented at all three Pride events this year.