Bobbi Pickard is an active member of BP Pride (BP’s business resource group for LBGT+ people and allies). For the last two years, she has also been chair of BP’s Transgender Group and has personally trained more than 1500 people in transgender awareness, as well as created a wealth of resources for people to access. She is a Diversity Role Model, co-founder of the hugely successful multi-company collaboration 'Trans in the City' and also provides free training to schools and other organisations through Transknowledge.co.uk.
Bobbi has transformed transgender awareness and education globally within BP. “It used to be something that wasn’t discussed and now it is widely talked about,” she says.
Daniel Sprich has been an active member of BP Pride since he joined the company in 2011. In 2017/2018, he was Co-Chair of BP Pride UK where he developed BP’s LGBT+ strategy making tangible differences to policies and employee experience. He also works with Stonewall (the UK’s largest LGBT+ charity) and manages BP’s workplace equality index submission (BP has been named one of 12 Top Global LGBT+ Employers for the last three years running).
In 2017 he attended OUTstanding’s first Future Leader Programme and won the Group Challenge addressing the problem that ‘a significant proportion of LGBT+ graduates go back in the closet when they enter the corporate world.’ As a result, Daniel has worked with BP’s graduate recruitment team to implement best practice to attract LGBT+ talent. He also regularly shares his story in schools to help the fight against homophobic and transphobic bullying.
“I feel honoured to be on OUTstanding’s LGBT+ Future Leader List,” he says. This achievement would not have been possible without all the people supporting BP Pride. The progress in BP to create a more LGBT+ inclusive has been amazing over the last couple of years and it makes such a difference to many people. It ultimately helps BP in attracting and retaining the right talent across all strands of diversity.
Simon Hodgkinson has been an active member of BP Pride for several years and is on the steering committee. He is also the lead for the Allies Programme, training which aims to help all staff understand what it may be like to be LGBT+ in the workplace and how to create a welcoming environment or safe space. The ‘Safe Space workshop’ in particular has been a great success, as Simon says, “I have led over 30 of these sessions across the UK and the US and in the last 3 years since I have led the programme, over 4000 people have attended the training and nearly all of them have now become allies”.
Michael Sosso regularly speaks at external events about how to establish effective business resource groups and create an inclusive workplace. He was invited to talk at a meeting of the managing partners of the world’s largest firms about diversity and has addressed legal conferences on how to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Michael has also met with senior US and UK government officials to discuss how business and government can work together to advance LGBT inclusion around the world. As well as his advocacy, Michael has represented LGBT+ asylum seekers pro bono in their applications and supports youth centres in Washington DC and Houston Texas that provide a safe space for homeless LGBT+ youth.
For Joanne, joining BP Pride was about turning negative energy into positive action
We are a global business and as such it is paramount to us that the differences we see in the world around us are reflected in our workplace
We are proud to be a business where everyone can be themselves regardless of sexual orientation