"James tells his story of what it’s like being an open member of the LGBT+ Community at P&G and launching the GABLE affinity network at one of our Manufacturing Plants in Ireland"
When researching companies, as a LGBTQ+ member I was always searching for companies who cared as much about their social footprint and voice as they did their performance. In doing this I found P&G, and started in early 2017.
However, joining the manufacturing plant in Ireland I realised this site was a little more passive than the rest of P&G in their approach. Therefore, less than 24 hours after starting I was knocking on HR’s door with one request – “Can I launch the plant’s GABLE (Gay, Ally, Bisexual, Lesbian & Transgender Employees) Network?”
As expected, this request was met with outpouring support. Support that when matched with my courageousness allowed me to drive the GABLE network forward without inhibition. A GABLE Network that since launch has sponsored pride events, held multiple drop in sessions, guest speakers and charity events that have helped us look, and challenge, ourselves.
I can confidently say that this all-inclusive peer education, that looks beyond sexual orientation and gender, has allowed us to create a culture where all employees can come to site and see by the language we use, the visuals we show and what we do that they are valued, included and able to unapologetically bring their full-selves to work.
I strongly believe that my performance at work is linked to this. Because I can see that I am being valued and included, not only for my technical ability but for who I am as a person. I believe that no one should ever have to choose between a career they love and the opportunity to live their live with integrity and authenticity – here at P&G I can do both.