Corporate sponsors for Pink Dot 2015
Pink Dot welcomes three new sponsors to its list of corporate supporters this year, all of which are media powerhouses. Local entertainment giant Cathay Organisation, popular social media platform Twitter, as well as global business and financial information and news leader Bloomberg, join returning sponsors Google, Barclays, J. P. Morgan, Goldman Sachs, BP, and The Gunnery. This marks a new record in the number of corporate brands publicly declaring their support for the Freedom to Love, and all of them are committed to helping to increase society’s understanding and social acceptance of LGBT people.
Established as one of the global leaders in Internet products and services, Google is known for its stand on inclusion and diversity in the workplace, and is acknowledged as the first corporate sponsor for Pink Dot SG, having come on board since 2011.
“By celebrating and supporting individuals from all walks of life at Google, we create an environment that recognises and nurtures people’s individual talents. New innovations, increased productivity, and an enjoyable workplace environment are but natural by-products of such a strategy,” said Keerthana Mohan, APAC Diversity and Inclusion Manager for Google.
As a Pink Dot Corporate Sponsor for the fourth year running, and celebrating its 325th year in business, Barclays has this year been reflecting on how attitudes to diversity have changed in the recent past.
“Barclays has regularly been at the forefront of embracing diversity in the workplace, from introducing the UK’s first ever female bank manager in 1958, to our Spectrum operation in Singapore winning best LGBT employee network at this year’s ALMA Awards. Barclays’ core value of respect means a commitment to treating employees equally, regardless of gender, age, ethnicity, disability or sexuality. Our relationship with Pink Dot is an important element of Barclays living this value,” said Simon Croxford, Asia Co-chair of Spectrum, Barclays’ LGBT employee network.
J.P. Morgan has supported Pink Dot SG since 2013, and has proven once again to be a strong proponent for inclusivity and diversity by pledging their support this year.
“At J.P. Morgan, we understand the power of having a diverse and inclusive work force. We want all our employees to have the confidence to be themselves at work every day, which ultimately benefits our clients and also our business,” said Phil de Josselin, Chief Administrative Officer for Singapore.
The Gunnery is a multi-faceted innovative audio branding agency based in Singapore that composes original music and sound for both traditional and new media; showcases local musicians in live studio sessions; plus project manages creative production. The company first supported Pink Dot SG as an equipment sponsor before formally becoming a corporate sponsor in 2011.
“In our business, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of musical creativity and composition. We also recognise that though attitudes are changing here in our island, there is still much to be done. Pink Dot has been a strong advocate and catalyst for this change and we at The Gunnery want to be part of the effort to push the boundaries for a more inclusive, accepting and loving Singapore,” said, The Gunnery Executive Producer, Azmi Jaffar.
Goldman Sachs is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world. It became a Pink Dot corporate sponsor in 2014.
“Support of Pink Dot is one example of our broader commitment to diversity and the significant role it plays in business success. Diversity starts with a fair and inclusive workplace environment where every employee, regardless of sexual orientation, is able to maximize their contribution and ultimate success,” said Fred Towfigh, President of Goldman Sachs Singapore.
BP – an international leader in oil and gas with operations in nearly 80 countries – was the first energy company to support Pink Dot SG as a corporate sponsor last year. It is known for its progressive attitudes and its non-discriminatory policies when it comes to the workplace.
“Through 50 successful years in Singapore, we know that our success is powered by innovation that only comes from having a truly diverse and inclusive workforce. Creating this environment is a strategic priority for BP and is embedded in all parts of our business, including externally through partnerships such as Pink Dot,” said Terence Yuen, Country President, BP Singapore.
The first of three first-time corporate sponsors for Pink Dot SG, Bloomberg L.P. is the global business and financial information and news leader with solid commitments towards global diversity and inclusion.
“At Bloomberg, we believe good corporate citizenship means more than opposing discrimination; it also means celebrating the diversity that makes us who we are. We want everyone on our team to be their authentic selves at work, and joining PinkDot is one important way we show our pride and support for the LGBT community,” said Peter Grauer, Chairman, Bloomberg L.P.
Twitter is a well-known, social media platform that connects millions across the globe. As a company, it advocates the importance having a platform for everyone and anyone to express themselves and connect to the rest of the world instantly, without barriers. This is their first year as a Corporate Sponsor.
Cathay Organisation is one of the leading leisure and entertainment groups based in Singapore, where they currently run 60 screens across 7 cinemas. The organisation also has operations in Malaysia, and has diversified their services to include, investments, hotel management, and advertising and event organising services, to name a few. This is their first year as a Corporate Sponsor.