In honour of Pride, we look at what matters.

Britomart is incredibly proud to be home to some thought-leading businesses who are setting admirable examples in terms of diversity and inclusivity. For companies and individuals who are interested in these exciting new ways of working, and who want to help foster change and create dynamic cultures, we thought we’d ask some basic questions about what diversity means and how we can all be better at understanding and promoting it.

Special thanks to Brent Thomson at Outline for helping us compile this information.

What is inclusive language and why should we use it?

Language is  “inclusive” when we use words in ways that demonstrate our respect for how people describe their own genders, bodies and relationships. It is important to show this respect even when we are describing people who are not present.

Researchers have found that how we are described by others has an enormous impact on our health and wellbeing. Inclusive language is about welcoming all people to participate in and contribute to our families, schools, workplaces, communities and services. It’s about giving everyone a fair go.

What inclusive “terms” should be considered?

You might not be aware that you have already met intersex people, and trans and non-binary gender people, as they often look just like anyone else and come from all walks of life. They may identify as any sexuality or prefer no sexuality label.

There are some very helpful resources available to help us all understand these terms and learn what they mean, how to refer to people who identify with these terms and why all of this is so, so important. One extremely clear and thorough resource is this one which comes from Australia’s National LGBTI Health Alliance: LINK

In New Zealand, people might identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, takatāpui, whakawāhine, tangata ira tāne, fa’afafine, fakaleiti, akava’ine, māhū, vaka sa lewa lewa, rae rae, fiafifine, fakafifine, palopa, kathoey, hijra, baklâ, genderfluid, genderqueer, pansexual, asexual, queer and questioning.

How is diversity important to sustainability?

From the footprint of global supply chains to multinationals’ locations in communities around the world, companies are intrinsically linked to the people they employ and places in which they operate. To focus on sustainability of our world, without valuing the diversity within it, makes no sense.

How is diversity valuable to business? What is an “inclusive” workplace?

A diverse culture that mirrors its markets tends to do better than its homogeneous competitors.

An inclusive workplace is one where more of today’s diverse workforce is engaged.

Organizations with inclusive cultures have greater innovation, creativity and bottom line results.

An organization with a reputation for being a good place to work for diverse groups has an easier time recruiting talent from today’s diverse hiring pool.

To find out more and to understand what it means to be a workplace certified with the “Rainbow Tick”, go here: http://www.rainbowtick.co.nz/resources/

How can I learn more/ share this info?

We’ve been shown some great sites recently; funny, educational, challenging and easy to work with. Here are a few:

Itspronouncedmetrosexual.com: Educating millions of readers on themes of gendersexuality, & social justice, the articlesedugraphics, and other resources you’ll find here are all uncopyrighted — yours to use to do good however you see fit.

https://lgbtihealth.org.au/hub/ – a huge pool of easy resources here.

The Human Rights Comission: https://www.hrc.co.nz/resources/

Youth-focused info: https://www.ry.org.nz/queer-trans/

And this, one of the best and most easy to understand resources on the web, a diagram called the Genderbread Person.