PageGroup, the specialist recruitment company, has launched [email protected] to support its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.

Leading the UK launch is Sheri Hughes, Associate Director at PageGroup, who said [email protected] has one main objective; to create a more diverse and inclusive working environment where LGBT employees can feel comfortable and open about their sexual orientation.

Hughes said:

“The best companies are ones which are truly diverse and PageGroup has already established an impressive foundation. [email protected] will build upon this by promoting a positive, open and inclusive working culture for our LGBT employees and allies.

“All employees, regardless of their sexual orientation, should feel confident in the workplace and [email protected] is designed to ensure this becomes a reality.”

[email protected] was inspired by the global success of [email protected], which was launched in 2012 to improve the imbalance between men and women at all levels in the business.

As part of [email protected], the business has engaged with Stonewall who are committed to improving equality and justice for the LGBT community. This also includes appearing in the Stonewall ‘Starting Out Guide’: Britain’s definitive LGBT recruitment guide and taking part in the Workplace Equality Index (WEI) for the first time.

Hughes said:

“We’ve made a terrific start as Stonewall’s only recruitment Global Diversity Champion and we are extremely proud to be a pioneer in the recruitment industry.”

Last month, PageGroup also held focus groups for all LGBT employees and allies to help generate practical ideas for [email protected] and appointed their Legal & Contracts Director, Jorge Roche, as its Senior Champion to take a leadership role in the company’s LGBT agenda.

Hughes added:

“While still in the early stages, we have developed tangible objectives to effect positive change in our LGBT community, including various support, mentoring and communication models. We have great expectations for [email protected] to benefit both our people and our commercial capabilities.”