Hachette UK has announced a new partnership with All About Trans and a donation to LGBTQ+ charity Stonewall UK as the latest initiatives in Changing the Story, a diversity and inclusion programme launched in 2016 to help the company achieve its mission of becoming the publisher and employer of choice for all people.
Melanie Tansey, Group HR Director at Hachette UK, commented: “Diversity without inclusion is like being seen without being heard. At Hachette UK, we not only strive to have better representation of people from diverse backgrounds, but we also wholeheartedly believe in every individual’s right to self-expression. We are committed to creating and investing in an inclusive, respectful workplace where everyone can be their authentic selves and feel their voice is heard.
“As part of this, we work with partners to fund charitable work and share lived experiences to raise awareness of the issues affecting different protected groups, as well as celebrating the contributions they make to our industry.
“We believe trans and non-binary rights are human rights and diverse gender identities and expressions are accepted, visible and celebrated within our company. Our work with All About Trans will promote a deeper understanding of the issues faced by trans and non-binary people within the publishing community and help us to become better allies to them. Our donation to Stonewall UK will help the charity’s work across many different projects, including supporting and empowering trans communities across Britain.
“We look forward to working closely with our Pride employee network to support All About Trans and Stonewall UK, as part of our ongoing commitment to ‘change the story’.”
All About Trans is a project created by the charity On Road Media, a small organisation that improves media coverage of communities and issues that are misrepresented. Hachette UK will be working with All About Trans on a series of carefully curated meet-ups, known as ‘interactions’, to connect colleagues with a diverse group of people from within the trans community to gain insight, build relationships and inspire creative collaboration.
Stonewall UK is Britain’s leading charity for lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality, working to create a world where every single person can be accepted without exception. It was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality. Stonewall continues to campaign and lobby government to change laws to ensure everyone, everywhere, is free to be themselves.