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For Carrier, Pride Month is a year-round effort

Kathryn Vigue, Global Knowledge Management Leader at Carrier Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

June is Pride Month across the globe and a time for celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community. For Carrier, Pride Month is more than a month-long celebration, it’s a year-round, focused effort to build a diverse and inclusive workplace.

On June 1, Chairman & CEO Dave Gitlin joined members of Carrier’s global PRIDE Employee Resource Group (ERG) and proudly kicked off the month’s activities by raising the Pride Flag at the company’s headquarters in the US and simultaneously at over 20 locations around the world, including Mexico, France, UK, Brazil and Australia. The colorful flag is a visible sign of Carrier’s support for its LGBTQIA+ employees.

At Carrier, we’ve doubled down on our commitment to diversity and inclusion. I’m committed to ensuring that everyone feels like they belong at Carrier regardless of race, sexual orientation, gender expression and identity, and I’m proud to be an ally and support my LGBTQIA+ colleagues,

said Gitlin.

In its first year as an independent, publicly traded company, Carrier has made tremendous progress building its Diversity & Inclusion strategy. In January, Carrier was recognized as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” after earning a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index. Carrier attained the top score after demonstrating it met a set of rigorous criteria that measure equality standards for LGBTQIA+ employees.

Earlier this year, Carrier introduced in the United States a voluntary “self-identification” option to employees in its human resource management software. Self-identification allows employees to confidentially identify themselves as part of the LGBTQIA+ community and/or as non-binary gender.

The introduction of voluntary self-identification is the result of consultation with Carrier’s global PRIDE ERG, to allow for more opportunity for gender expression and identity. The group strives to unify employees in an inclusive work environment.

I am proud to work for a company like Carrier that is leading the charge for equality at the workplace

said Kathryn Vigue, Chair, Carrier PRIDE ERG.

In 2020, Carrier launched a focused Diversity & Inclusion strategy to create a more inclusive environment, and included its focus on achieving a diverse workforce representative of its communities as one of its 2030 ESG Goals.

About the author

Kathryn Vigue, Global Knowledge Management Leader at Carrier Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Kathryn drives Carrier’s knowledge management operations from the perspective of building organizational capabilities and efficiencies. Previous to this role, Kathryn was the Senior Director HR Transformation and Change Management and Senior Director Global Diversity and Talent Acquisition. Before joining Carrier in 2016 she worked for 12 years in different HR roles for Pratt & Whitney.