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Not one, but two Fujitsu colleagues feature in the prestigious OUTstanding & FT Leading LGBT & Ally Executives Lists for 2015, published today.

Steven Cox, Fujitsu’s Vice President, Head of Public Sector and Transport, is listed 70th in the Top 100 LGBT Executives List, while Executive Support Officer Caroline Shrader ranks 30th on the Future Leaders List.

The annual role model lists aim to celebrate and inspire inclusivity in the workplace, focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT).

Steven has been integral to raising LGBT awareness in Fujitsu, is the executive sponsor of the Shine network, and globally champions the case for workplace inclusion in its widest sense. His work has previously seen him nominated in the LGBT Diversity Champion category at the prestigious British LGBT Awards.

He said: “I feel incredibly proud of the progress we’ve made in raising LGBT awareness in Fujitsu and what the network has achieved so far. These two nominations from OUTstanding are testament to the hard work of everyone involved.

“For me inclusivity is all about being able to be yourself at work, in whatever capacity that means.

“Being able to be yourself at work allows you to perform at your best. Having to “hide” your true self can be hard work, and wastes energy.

“This affects your ability to build relationships with the people you work with inside and outside a company, and essentially that’s what enables your career.”

Caroline, who is the co-chair of Shine, said she was over the moon with the news.

She said: “I got the call quite late last Monday – it felt amazing. It’s moments like this which make you take stock and think what you have achieved.

“It’s very easy to go on with your day-to-day life and forget what you’ve done, so it feels wonderful to be recognised.”

Having only joined Fujitsu a year ago through the graduate scheme, Caroline has been heavily involved with our work on inclusivity in the workplace.

As well as project managing our Diversity and Inclusion week, she also helped plan Fujitsu’s presence at Manchester and London Prides, and more.

“I was really proud of our participation in Bi Visibility Day. It reached a lot of people and many other organisations are now using the work we did as a resource.

“One thing we’re trying to promote at the moment is that everyone can be a role model. This award feels like a strong reminder of that – being a role model in your day-to-day role is really significant.”

Not resting on her laurels, Caroline said they want to further develop the network over the next 12 months and beyond.

“Through Shine, our engagement with LGBT groups & communities outside Fujitsu has come on in leaps and bounds, but it’s important we stay focussed on our core purpose – to engage and support our colleagues.

“To achieve this, we’re refreshing our strategy, internal communications and engagement activities – so Shine provides the best possible leadership and support for our people.”

AwesomeNetworkCongratulations to both Steven and Caroline! Click to find out more about Fujitsu’s LGBT + Diversity network Shine.

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Martin York

Delivery Assurance, Central Government; Chair, Shine LGBT+ employee network at Fujitsu UK&I
Martin is an experienced Business Consultant who has worked across multiple market sectors in the ICT industry for over 20 years, following a career in financial services.

He is a BITC Business Connector alumnus, has played a leading part in development of Fujitsu’s Responsible Business and Diversity and Inclusion approach, and is engaged in enhancing Fujitsu’s UK STEM engagement approach.

Martin joined Fujitsu in October 1996.

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