Fidelity strengthens support for global LGBTI community

Fidelity is implementing a new code of conduct across its global operations to prevent discrimination against the LGBTI community.

The global investment house has adopted standards developed by the United Nations' Human Rights Office, outlining actions organisations can take to protect the rights of LGBTI individuals.

Fidelity has vowed to eliminate workplace discrimination against LGBTI employees, respect the human rights of LGBTI workers, customers and members of the public and support LGBTI employees in the workplace.

The firm has also pledged to prevent discrimination and related abuses against LGBTI customers and distributors, and ensure its suppliers do the same, and defend the human rights of LGBTI people in the regions which Fidelity operates.

Global head of diversity and inclusion Lorraine Rodrigues said Fidelity is committed to ensuring that everyone feels comfortable to be themselves at work.

"To enable this, we are very focused on creating an inclusive culture where everyone can take pride in who they are, have no fear to be who they are, and be able to voice different perspectives and challenge the orthodoxy," she said.

Adopting the UN Human Rights Office Standards for LGBTI reflects the fact that further progress needs to be made in supporting LGBTI employees across the industry, she added.

"We have an active LGBTI community within Fidelity and we support a number of initiatives including the launch of our Allies programme, inclusive family-friendly policies and participation in a number of Pride events globally," Rodrigues said.

"Supporting the UN global standards is another step towards achieve our inclusion goals."

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