Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust (SMCT): Pioneering LGBTIQA+ Inclusion
Our Collaborative Journey
Spread across nine sites, SMCT is entrusted with the care of our loved ones’ final resting places. With approximately 240 staff members, some of whom are presumably LGBTIQA+, SMCT recognized the need to elevate its inclusivity efforts.
Benchmarking and Recommendations
Our journey began with an audit. The Equality Network meticulously reviewed SMCT’s principal HR-related documents and publicly accessible website. Our goal? To benchmark the organisation’s current state and provide a set of LGBTQIA+ inclusive recommendations. We wanted to ensure that every document and online resource reflected the spirit of acceptance.
Empowering the People and Governance Teams
The heart of our work lay with the People and Governance Teams at SMCT. These teams play a pivotal role in HR and employee-related matters. We conducted a comprehensive 12-hour LGBTIQA+ inclusion training course for 16 staff members from these teams. Their feedback was overwhelmingly positive, reinforcing our shared commitment to creating a more inclusive workplace.
Next Steps: A Rainbow Advisory Group and Cultural Safety
Our journey continues. The Equality Network proposes two critical next steps:
- Establishing a Rainbow Advisory Group: We believe in giving voice to those who matter most. This representative group of LGBTIQA+ employees at SMCT will actively shape policies and practices that affect them directly.
- Pulse Survey for Cultural Safety: In collaboration with the Rainbow Advisory Group and other stakeholders, we plan to conduct a pulse survey. This survey will gauge the cultural safety levels experienced by SMCT’s LGBTIQA+ staff. Their insights will guide our ongoing efforts.
- Action plan: To develop and conduct, in collaboration with the rainbow advisory group and others, a medium-term LGBTIQA+ inclusion action plan.
These initiatives will lead to greater inclusion of LGBTIQA+ staff at SMCT, inclusion that is authentic, rather than tokenistic, and enduring, rather than a series of one-off ‘tick the box’ exercises.
Together, We Honor Life and Diversity
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