Today is Transgender Day of Visibility. A day to celebrate trans people around the world, highlighting their experiences, perspectives and also unfortunately spotlighting the discrimination and challenges they still face.
A recent report from TotalJobs found that the number of trans workers in the UK surveyed who said they hid their gender identity at work has risen in the past 5 years – from 52% in 2016 to 65% in 2021. It also found that 43% of trans employees surveyed said they had left a job because the environment was unwelcoming, up from 36% in 2016. This should make us all sit up and want to take action.
At Experian, we want colleagues of all gender identities to feel comfortable and safe bringing their whole selves to work. We’ve been working hard on how we can continue to improve the support we offer our trans and non-binary colleagues. We realise that choosing to be open about one’s gender identity is a very personal decision, but all trans and non-binary employees should feel safe at Experian if they choose to disclose.
Last year we re-wrote our Transitioning at Work policy to ensure it is reflective and inclusive of the experiences and identities of employees who may use it. We offer paid leave to attend medical appointments and we also provide help in changing your records on our systems. Where an employee chooses to disclose information about their gender identity or status, we treat this information with the utmost confidentiality. We never share this information without the written consent of the individual.
We encourage our employees to self-identify and recognise the issues in the current Gender Recognition Act. In September, we supported Stonewall’s Trans Right are Human Rights campaign, pushing for its reform. We continue to monitor the progress that has been made but also progress that is yet to come. It’s important you know that Experian will never ask for you to show a Gender Recognition Certificate (GRC) and we respect your right to privacy as to whether or not you have one.
At Experian, we take an always listening, always learning approach to building awareness and acceptance. Creating safe spaces for meaningful dialogue is something we really strive for. It is the responsibility of all our employees to respect their colleagues and to create an inclusive workplace where everyone feels they can belong. We have zero tolerance for discrimination, bullying or harassment and take any incidents very seriously.
Experian continues to work with the Experian Pride Network UK&I alongside LGBTQ+ charities Stonewall and Mermaids in the UK to further the inclusion of our trans and non-binary employees.
We want all trans and non-binary employees at Experian to feel safe and be able to be themselves at work and we expect all colleagues to support each other to make that real.