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It seems not a week goes by without the announcement of a major achievement within the Fujitsu UK and Ireland team – and this week hasn’t failed to disappoint.

Earlier this week it was revealed that Steven Cox, Executive Director, Public Sector, Fujitsu UK and Ireland, has been shortlisted in the LGBT Diversity Champion category at the prestigious British LGBT Awards.

Devised to champion individuals and organisations demonstrating outstanding commitment to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community, the awards celebrate the true pioneers within this community and we’re thrilled to see Steven’s efforts recognised in the public domain.

This nomination is more than deserved – Steven has displayed unrelenting commitment to driving the diversity agenda across our UK organisation. A case in point is our LGB+ programme and networking group, Shine, co-founded by Steven in 2013. This sees LGB+ employees and supporters from across the organisation meet to discuss how Fujitsu can better support its LGB+ people.

In November 2014 Steven and Shine also launched a company-wide LGB+ mentoring programme, enabling employees to share experiences and guidance on issues LGB+ employees may face. Steven also headed up our recent Inclusion Motivates event, where he joined a number of speakers to share experiences of being LGB+ people in the workplace as well as creating a working environment where people feel encouraged and able to be themselves.

Outside of the company, Steven works with Stonewall and also frequently hosts meetings with champions from other companies so as to share ideas on how to develop and support LGB+ programmes.

With Steven’s leadership and support, LGB+ is now an integral part of Fujitsu’s company culture. We’re proud that Fujitsu is a workplace where LGB+ issues can be talked about openly and where best practises are continuously developed – something that enables us to benefit from the widest, most diverse pool of employees in the industry.

We couldn’t be happier to see Steven’s efforts recognised and celebrated with such an esteemed accolade, and look forward to supporting him as he continues to pioneer within the LGB+ community.

Image Credit: Yu Shin Ying

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