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Our LGBTQIA+ Voice

Cristina Vitrian, Master Data Manager, Brazil

We’re building a workplace where everyone can be their true selves. Pride Month provides an opportunity for us to celebrate and hear from our LGBTIQA+ community, but the conversation shouldn’t start or stop there. We’re listening to all people’s stories all year round, because only then will we know if we’re doing enough to help our colleagues to live and work as their whole selves.

Our people are talking

Jake Prodoehl reveals the loneliness and isolation he felt growing up in a moving letter to his younger self.

Jill Wuyts, a transgender woman, shares how she found the support she needed from her colleagues in Belgium to become the person she always wanted to be.

Paulo Pires from Brazil shares the challenges of moving to a new country and a new job as a black, gay man.

One Face, One Story

Emmanuel Desproges, IT Leader, Australia, New Zealand and South Korea
Karen Herrera, HSE Manager, Mexico
Chris Williams, Head of Corporate and Executive Communications, France
Jake Prodoehl, Business Manager, United States
Jorge Garduῆo, Ethics and Business Integrity Manager, Mexico
Kornrawee Putthasook, Marketing Coordinator in Thailand
Paul Hudson

"I’ve never been on the receiving end of bullying for sexual orientation so I have to learn from others and build that understanding so that I can help people be the best version of themselves. It takes a lot of courage to share and I want to hear the challenges and opportunities and play my part. It’s a journey for me too."

Paul Hudson, CEO Sanofi

Supporting the UN Standards of Conduct for Business

In 2019, we endorsed the United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business to tackle discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex people. The standards require companies to respect LGBTQIA+ human rights, eliminate discrimination and support employees. 

Sanofi's standards of conduct for business
"If we are to achieve faster global progress towards equality for lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex people, businesses will not only have to meet their human rights responsibilities, they must become active agents of change."

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner
for Human Rights

Pride in our People

Pride Plus, our global employee resource group (ERG) for our LGBTQIA+ employees, is a space for people to connect, speak up and educate allies and friends on the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. Since its launch in 2020, Pride Plus has sponsored a virtual career booth at Europe’s Largest LGBTQ+ Conference, EurOUT, a networking conference for graduate and PhD students, hosted by the London Business School. This summer, we will partner with French NGO, l’Autre Cercle, at WorldPride Copenhagen 2021, the world’s largest global pride event.

Potted History

The decades-long fight for acceptance and equal rights for the LGBTQIA+ community has undoubtedly come a long way-the US legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, Ireland elected its first LGBTQ+ Taoiseach in 2017, and in the French village of Tilloy-lez-Marchiennes a transgender woman was elected mayor in 2020. Despite progress, you can still go to prison for being gay in 71 countries, and nearly half of all LGBTQ+ employees in the US are not out at work.1 LGBTQ+ women are twice as likely as women overall to report being the only person like them in a team, and seven times more likely to be in that situation than straight white men.2