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Elsevier signs Declaration of Amsterdam for LGBT inclusive workplace

Amsterdam | June 23, 2014

Call for action to ensure LGBT-friendly workplace and society

Elsevier(opens in new tab/window), a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information products and services, on Friday signed the Declaration of Amsterdam. The Declaration was created by Workplace Pride(opens in new tab/window), an international foundation that aims to make lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) fully visible, accepted and valued in the workplace and in society.

To realize the goals of the Declaration, a benchmark will be created by all supporting parties that sets the standard for a truly LGBT-inclusive workplace. Workplace Pride will take the initiative to develop this benchmark in close cooperation with all parties involved. This benchmark will enable employers to chart progress in improvements to their own LGBT workplace policies. The parties signing this Declaration intend to work together with Workplace Pride to develop the benchmark and support the goals of the Declaration.

Michiel Kolman, SVP Global Academic Relations at Elsevier, and founding member of Elsevier Pride, said, "By signing the Declaration of Amsterdam, Elsevier takes a major next step in a process that was already well underway within our company. It adds true commitment to good intentions, and provides a concrete set of action points to achieve objectives that are worth fighting for, both in the workplace and beyond. I'm proud to be part of the group of companies that support the Declaration, and it is an honor to sign on behalf of Elsevier." Workplace Pride is an umbrella organization of Pride chapters in companies across the Netherlands; when Elsevier joined Workplace Pride two years ago, it simultaneously launched Elsevier Pride.

Elsevier signed the Declaration at an event at Shell headquarters in Den Haag on Friday, 20 June, formalizing its support of the objectives of Workplace Pride. By signing the Declaration, Elsevier joins an exclusive group of multinational companies that had already committed to the initiative, including Shell, KLM, ABN-AMRO, Philips, IBM and American Express.

About Elsevier

As a global leader in information and analytics, Elsevier helps researchers and healthcare professionals advance science and improve health outcomes for the benefit of society. We do this by facilitating insights and critical decision-making for customers across the global research and health ecosystems. In everything we publish, we uphold the highest standards of quality and integrity. We bring that same rigor to our information analytics solutions for researchers, academic leaders, funders, R&D-intensive corporations, doctors, and nurses.  

Elsevier employs 9,000 people worldwide, including over 2,500 technologists. We have supported the work of our research and health partners for more than 140 years. Growing from our roots in publishing, we offer knowledge and valuable analytics that help our users make breakthroughs and drive societal progress. Digital solutions such as ScienceDirect,  Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath support strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, medical education, and nursing education. Researchers and healthcare professionals rely on over 2,800 journals, including The Lancet(opens in new tab/window) and Cell(opens in new tab/window); 46,000+ eBook titles; and iconic reference works, such as Gray's Anatomy. With the Elsevier Foundation(opens in new tab/window) and our external Inclusion & Diversity Advisory Board, we work in partnership with diverse stakeholders to advance inclusion and diversity in science, research and healthcare in developing countries and around the world. 

Elsevier is part of RELX(opens in new tab/window), a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.



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