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Nov 2019: OPEN Conference

For the first time, prizes have been awarded to companies whose programmes achieved the greatest impact in support of a tolerant and open corporate culture

Budapest, 12 November 2019 – Business decision-makers and professionals from more than 10 European countries gathered in Hungary to participate in this year’s OPEN Conference, an international diversity event. This was the fourth time WeAreOpen has organised the OPEN Conference, an international conference dealing with diversity in the workplace, in Budapest. The two-day event attracted over 200 participants from more than 10 countries. Business leaders, as well as HR, marketing and communications decision-makers, came together to share with one another and the audience their experiences, best practices and future-oriented ideas about various business aspects of diversity, including its impact on increasing financial results, more successful product development, the search for new markets and the establishment of open workplaces.

OPEN Conference is more than just a conference

Organisers of the OPEN Conference stage the international conference in the hope of bringing together corporate decision-makers and professionals who view openness as an organisational value. Organisers believe openness is not only the right attitude, but also makes sense from a business perspective: open workplaces have been proven to be more successful, with happier employees, and attracting and retaining talent is also easier for companies espousing such values. The OPEN Conference was attended not only by decision-makers of large and small businesses, but also scientists, researchers and representatives of non-profit organisations, who shared their professional experiences. Like last year, WeAreOpen once again provided conference participants childcare service, as the organisation believes it is important for mothers and fathers to have the opportunity to join the dialogue about diversity and acceptance.

One of the highlights of this year’s OPEN Conference was the presentation of the international OPEN Spotlight Award, awarded for the first time to companies which have demonstrated an inspiring journey towards the establishment of a more diverse and tolerant corporate culture. Organisers called on companies to present submissions showcasing programmes and ideas which achieved original and significant impacts. The award recognised companies in several categories; shortlisted submissions were presented at the OPEN Conference, and will also be shared in coming weeks on the WeAreOpen website as well as on the website of the conference.

The keynote address at the event was delivered by Anke den Ouden, Microsoft’s regional director, who – among other topics – discussed how diversity and tolerance contribute to innovation within the company, and how teams bringing together individuals from different backgrounds may make a business more successful.

Kevin A. Murray, Citi’s CEO in Hungary and director for the Central European region, spoke about how storytelling may contribute to the establishment of an accepting workplace culture. As part of this, Citi presented its “Living Library” programme, based on a methodology which makes diversity more human-centred and thereby contributes successfully to the mitigation of subconscious biases.

Olga Kordys-Kozierowska, managing director of the organisation Success Written in Lipstick, and a well-known women’s rights activist in Poland, delivered a lecture about how men may also support equal opportunity within a workplace and beyond.

Judit Szűcs, communications director of Coca-Cola Hungary, presented the company’s #loveislove campaign, which was launched over the summer and takes a stance in support of LGBTQ+ persons. Judit Szűcs and other invited professionals also discussed why it is important for minority groups to be visible in advertisements, in the media and in popular culture.

The first day of the conference wrapped up with the OPEN Spotlight Award celebratory gala. This year’s OPEN Spotlight Award winners were announced at the evening event. The awards themselves are the work of sculptor Rebeka Rácz, a Hungarian artist.

The conference is not-for-profit: its proceeds support the operation and campaigns of the WeAreOpen nonprofit organisation.

Categories and Awardees

  1. Engine of Change: Individuals, who help make a company more open and diverse

     

    Gold: Citi
    Silver: BlackRock, Shell
    Bronz: BT RoC
    Special Mention: ExxonMobil
All the recipients of recognition for the category Engine of Change at the OPEN Spotlight Awards
All the recipients of recognition for the category Engine of Change at the OPEN Spotlight Awards
  • Innovation through Diversity: How can diversity support innovation?


Special Mention: MOL Group – MOL Romania

MOL Romania received a Special Mention for the category Innovation through Diversity at the OPEN Spotlight Awards
MOL Romania received a Special Mention for the category Innovation through Diversity at the OPEN Spotlight Awards
  • Mission Possible: How can diversity support a company’s business performance?


Gold: Magyar Telekom
Special Mention: SignCoders

The recipients of recognition under the category Mission Possible at the OPEN Spotlight Awards
The recipients of recognition under the category Mission Possible at the OPEN Spotlight Awards
  • Excellence in Belonging: How can an open and inclusive organisational culture increase the sense of cohesion within a company?

Gold: Eaton Enterprises
Silver: MOL Group – INA
Bronz: BP
Special Mention: Nielsen, Telenor

Eaton received the OPEN Spotlight Gold Award for the category Excellence in Belonging
Eaton received the OPEN Spotlight Gold Award for the category Excellence in Belonging
  • We see you here: What kind of change can be achieved if people, and those belonging to a minority group, are portrayed more realistically in the media and in marketing campaigns?


Gold: The Coca-Cola Company

we see you here
Coca-Cola received the OPEN Spotlight Gold Award for the category We See You Here

OPEN Conference resumed on 7 November with workshops at the Budapest offices of Google and Morgan Stanley.

The OPEN Conference is sponsored by the following companies:
The conference was organised by WeAreOpen, founded by Prezi, espell and Google.

Principal sponsor: Citi
Gold level sponsors: CMS, Eaton, Morgan Stanley
Silver level sponsors: Genpact, Loffice, RTL Magyarország
Bronze level sponsors: Bitrise, Coca-Cola Hungary, Diageo, ExxonMobil, Microsoft
Additional sponsors: AMC, BP, Kristinus Wine Estate, Telekom, Grund Theatre 

About WeAreOpen
The WeAreOpen community initiative was launched by Prezi, espell and Google in the summer of 2013. WeAreOpen’s principal sponsor is Citi. In the past five years, more than 1,000 companies, organisations and communities have joined WeAreOpen, including Hungarian businesses, brands with a prominent Hungarian and international profile, and civil organisations and communities. WeAreOpen will be participating in Budapest Pride for the fifth time. It has also launched more than 20 other campaigns, including in support of gender equality at the workplace and equal treatment of people with disabilities.

Those joining the WeAreOpen initiative hold the fundamental belief that everyone is to be judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic identity and origin, political, religious or other views and physical or other factors.

Photos of the Open Conference and the Open Spotlight Award: Photos

Contact 
Dalma Kormos
sajto@nyitottakvagyunk.hu /
+36703699269

July 2019: Forbes campaign

1 declaration, 100 signatures, more than 100 company leaders and a rainbow of 1000 people on social media platforms

This is how WeAreOpen is getting ready for this year’s Pride.

Budapest, 5 July 2019 – More than 100 company executives are issuing a joint declaration in support of LGBTQ persons and openness. Their statement, along with their signatures, was published in one of the most prominent Hungarian business magazines. Organised by WeAreOpen, the initiative was launched to inspire openness and to ensure that people are judged in their workplaces solely based on their actions and performance. In addition to WeAreOpen founding members Prezi, espell and Google, the executives of a number of well-known international brands have also joined the call, including those of Citi, BlackRock, CMS, Converse, Diageo, Eaton, Morgan Stanley, Nielsen and Sigma Technology. Joining the large corporations were a number of Hungarian businesses including IT companies and creative agencies; the list also includes a countryside hotel, an architect and a community office. They are expected to participate in the march this Saturday with a total of over two thousand staff members.

Company leaders may join the initiative until Saturday morning at nyitottakvagyunk.hu.

“As a business leader, I’ll be there at Budapest Pride. People would like to work for companies or organisations where they can be sure that the only thing that matters is their performance, and not their gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. I believe I have an important responsibility as a business leader to stand up for that principle at Budapest Pride in solidarity with current and future colleagues.

This is why I, too, have joined the WeAreOpen initiative, and I encourage all company leaders to do the same. Diverse workplaces benefit employees. Inclusiveness gives companies a competitive edge and is key to performing better and to recruiting and retaining staff” – states the joint declaration by the company executives published in Forbes. It is unique in Hungary – and elsewhere – for 100 business leaders to sign a joint declaration in support of the acceptance of LGBTQ persons, diversity and openness. The complete list of signatory executives is available on the WeAreOpen website and in Forbes magazine.

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More than 100 signatures on two pages (Forbes Magazine)

Discussing the initiative, Budapest Pride spokesperson Kama Peksa said, “A great many LGBTQ persons work at companies of various sizes and at multinational corporations. It is very important for them to be in a safe space while at work. The presence of accepting, supportive colleagues is critical in the lives of LGBTQ persons, and this requires the active support of companies, which must serve as role models.

It was in 2013 that a large number of businesses first joined Budapest Pride, at the initiative of WeAreOpen. Since then, Hungary has also witnessed the trend of an increasing number of workplaces organising various programmes for current and future LGBTQ colleagues and to shape an open company culture, both during Pride month and beyond.

“We deployed our first shared float at the Budapest Pride in 2013 with the WeAreOpen community, because we were certain that many would like to stand in support of LGBTQ persons and openness, but may have needed just a bit of inspiration to do so. We are very happy to have contributed to the number participating in Budapest Pride – and thus standing up for LGBTQ persons and diversity – increasing several fold. The number of those marching with us continues to increase each year, with many businesses represented by over one hundred people, including colleagues and executives, and in some cases even company vehicles. The next important step is for the message of acceptance towards LGBTQ persons to reach beyond Budapest Pride. One milestone in this effort is the joint declaration published in Forbes magazine, featuring the signatures of more than 100 business leaders, along with our rainbow campaign launched on social media platforms. A dozen prominent individuals, along with companies and internet users, have already joined the latter. We have more surprises planned for Saturday,” WeAreOpen managing director Melinda Miklós summarised WeAreOpen’s projects connected to Budapest Pride.

 

A rainbow of 1000 people? It’s possible!

For the 2019 Budapest Pride, WeAreOpen announced the #DressCodeChallenge. In addition to businesses and business representatives, a number of celebrities have joined the initiative: Laura Döbrösi, Zoltán Fenyvesi, Zsófi Kemény, Györgyi Lang, Zalán Makranczi, Krisztina Maróy, Olivér Pusztai and Dóra Szinetár have all taken a stance in support of the cause, and the photos keep pouring in. The challenge called on participants to take a picture of themselves wearing clothing in one colour of the rainbow.

In order, however, to create a virtual rainbow with 1000 people, the organisation issued a public call, asking participants to take a picture or selfie of themselves wearing clothing in one colour of the rainbow (or clothing which is rainbow-coloured in itself), or holding a Pride flag. They were asked to share the photograph on their social media platforms before the Pride march on Saturday, with the tags #DressCodeChallenge and #WeAreOpen. Many posted comments describing why they thought it important to be there at this year’s Pride.

The photos submitted may be viewed on the WeAreOpen website as well as on the organisation’s Instagram and Facebook page. There are more than one thousand companies and organisations today in Hungary that believe it is not only right, but also makes sense from a business perspective to judge colleagues solely based on their actions and performance.

International studies also support this idea: according to one recent survey by BCG, for instance, there is a clear link between corporate diversity and innovation, with diverse companies generally achieving better business results. What is more: those working for such companies tend to be more satisfied. In Hungary, for example, 83% of students over the age of 18 would choose an open company.

DDC

About WeAreOpen

The WeAreOpen community initiative was launched by Prezi, espell and Google in the summer of 2013. WeAreOpen’s principal sponsor is Citi. In the past six years, more than 1,000 companies, organisations and communities have joined WeAreOpen, including Hungarian businesses, brands with a prominent Hungarian and international profile, and civil organisations and communities. WeAreOpen will be participating in Budapest Pride for the seventh time. It has also launched several other campaigns, including in support of gender equality at the workplace (Two Steps) and equal treatment of people with disabilities. The initiative stages the international Open Conference each year.

Those joining the WeAreOpen initiative hold the fundamental belief that everyone is to be judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic identity and origin, political, religious or other views and physical or other factors.

Contact
Dalma Kormos
dalma.kormos@nyitottakvagyunk.hu
+36703699269
Photos and videos are available HERE; more will be added during Pride.

Nov 2018: Attending international conference with small children in Budapest

Attending an International Conference with small children in Budapest

Budapest, 12 November 2018 – A number of studies have shown that it benefits both parents and their workplaces, when both parties are amenable, if they stay in touch while the parent is on maternity or paternity leave. The OPEN Conference, held in Budapest, was one of the first conferences to offer participants a children’s corner. Organisers hope that the event will offer, at the very least, a few hours’ worth of professional inspiration and networking opportunity to mothers and fathers who wish to remain up-to-date in the world of employment while raising their young child. This year, at the third OPEN Conference, business leaders and professionals from a number of countries will explore how a more open corporate culture can serve competitiveness.

According to the latest figures of the Central Statistical Office, there are 60,000 vacant positions in the private sector in Hungary today. This figure saw a steady increase in recent years, and the trend is typical in the case of other Central and Eastern European countries. The practical experiences of major corporations, as well as research data, both show that the establishment of an open workplace culture may be one key of competitiveness: this helps seek out and retain future colleagues, and also helps win customers. Additionally, a 2017 survey by McKinsey & Company also highlighted that ethnically diverse companies may achieve up to 33% better financial results than the industry median, while this figure is up to 21% higher in the case of companies where gender balance is more even. The Boston Consulting Group found that diverse companies are able to realise higher revenues when introducing a product or service. The over 1000 international and Hungarian companies which have joined the WeAreOpen organisation strive to establish an open corporate culture, because they believe that being open, and judging everyone based on their actions, makes sense for companies, and makes for a better workplace for employees.

Conference speakers include such internationally recognised experts as David Pearson, KPMG’s Director for Global Inclusion & Diversity; Zdravka Demeter Bubalo, the MOL Group’s Vice President for HR; Paralympic athlete Claire Harvey, managing director of the organisation Diversity Role Models; and Vera Budway, Chief Diversity Officer of the Erste Bank Group. Taking place for the third time, this year’s conference will welcome participants from the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic and Austria, among other countries, as well as Hungarian decision-makers. The event will also include the unveiling of a service which companies can use to assess how women and men feel at a given firm; businesses may use this information to base their relevant corporate decisions on specific data.

WeAreOpen also seeks to support parents on maternity or paternity leave: the 14 November event will offer a children’s corner, where childcare specialists and entertainers from AS Játékvilág will be available to watch children during the day. Additionally, discount day passes will be offered to any mother or father who is on maternity or paternity leave, and would like to participate in the event.

The OPEN Conference looks forward to welcoming business leaders, decision-makers dealing with HR, communications, marketing and diversity matters, as well as stakeholders and anyone interested. The conference will take place 14-15 November at the Budapest Music Center and at the offices of Citi and Eaton.

Citi is the principal sponsor of the event. Prezi, espell and Google are platinum sponsors; Microsoft is a special sponsor; CMS, Diageo, Eaton, HOLD Asset Management, Morgan Stanley and Shaw + Scott are gold sponsors; Loffice Budapest, RTL Hungary and Vodafone are silver sponsors; and Dramatrix is a bronze sponsor. The conference is not-for-profit: its proceeds support the operation and campaigns of the WeAreOpen nonprofit organisation.

 
About WeAreOpen
The WeAreOpen community initiative was launched by Prezi, espell and Google in the summer of 2013. WeAreOpen’s principal sponsor is Citi. In the past five years, more than 1,000 companies, organisations and communities have joined WeAreOpen, including Hungarian businesses, brands with a prominent Hungarian and international profile, and civil organisations and communities. WeAreOpen will be participating in Budapest Pride for the fifth time. It has also launched more than 10 other campaigns, including in support of gender equality at the workplace and equal treatment of people with disabilities.

Those joining the WeAreOpen initiative hold the fundamental belief that everyone is to be judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to their age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic identity and origin, political, religious or other views and physical or other factors.

Contact
Dalma Kormos
sajto@nyitottakvagyunk.hu
+36703699269

July 2014: Survey about the openness of Hungarian workplaces by Gemius Hungary

Have you ever been discriminated against at the workplace?
Study on openness at Hungarian workplaces, the groups most rejected by colleagues, and employee happiness

Budapest, 04.07.2014 — 83% of future employees, namely pupils and students, would like to work at a place where there is no negative discrimination. By contrast, more than half of Hungarian employees have already encountered negative discrimination, according to a study by Gemius [1]. Only Roma people are less accepted by colleagues than LGBTQ people. The research also revealed that being open makes business sense for companies, since employees who work at open-minded companies where others are only judged on the basis of their actions and achievements are happier and more committed. More than 700 companies, organisations and communities have joined the We’re Open initiative over the last year, which was set up for communities that regard openness as a fundamental value. The initiative will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride too and invites everyone to join it.

One in two employees has encountered workplace discrimination
According to the research, which is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15, 52% of employees reported that they had encountered negative discrimination at the workplace, and of these one in two had personally experienced negative discrimination. The 52% figure is very high in European comparison; according to an international study [2] , the Western European average is around 35%.

A third of employers are not open-minded
While the vast majority of future employees, namely current pupils and students, said that they would prefer to work at an open workplace, according to current employees that is not true of a third of employers. 83% of pupils and students said that they would like to work at a workplace where it is regarded as a fundamental corporate value that employees and partners are judged solely on the basis of their actions and their work performance, and without regard to their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

Roma and LGBTQ people are the groups most rejected by colleagues
The research also looked at the extent to which employees are accepting of one another at the workplace. The groups most rejected by their own colleagues are Roma and LGBTQ people (according to international research, the latter make up 5 to 8% of society) by a clear margin. Employees would least like to have members of these two groups as colleagues, subordinates or managers. More than two-thirds of employees (69%) said they would not accept an LGBTQ person as their manager. Even fewer employees (24%) would accept a Roma person as their manager. More than half of employees would not want to be the manager of a LGBTQ (56%) or Roma employee (54%). 

Being open makes business sense for employers
The research also revealed that being open makes business sense for companies and organisations. Those respondents who thought that their employer regards it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics were happier at their workplace and more committed.

Companies and organisations are standing up for openness with a float at Budapest Pride
As part of the We’re Open initiative set up for companies, organisations and communities that regard openness as a fundamental value, numerous companies and organisations, including Prezi, espell and Google, the organisers of the community initiative, and Gemius, which performed the research, will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride too. First-time Priders, as well as companies, organisations and communities with a tradition of participating in Pride and all other supporters are invited to join the We’re Open float Last year’s crowd and festival atmosphere were a sure sign that this year’s Budapest Pride will prove even more popular. We’re Open also looks forward to welcoming many first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade. You can join the We’re Open initiative, which currently has a membership of nearly 700 companies, organisations and communities, on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu website. We welcome all those companies, organisations and communities that regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics.

About the research
The research is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15. The sample size was 2,500 people. The questionnaire survey was performed using the CAWI pop-up method between 20 and 27 July. The research was carried out by Gemius, a member of the We’re Open community, with the support of Index and Sanoma Media Budapest, which are also members of We’re Open.

 

PREZI REPORT OF THE SURVEY

 


[1] The research is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15.
[2]Kelly Services: Discrimination emerging in new forms in the global jobs market, 2006

 

2014: Companies and organisations at Budapest Pride — WeAreOpen will enter a float again this year

Companies and organisations at Budapest Pride — WeAreOpen will enter a float again this year

First-time Priders, as well as companies, organisations, communities and supporters with a tradition of participating in Pride are welcome to join the WeAreOpen float

Budapest, 26/06/2014 – Just as they did last year, numerous companies and organisations, including Prezi, espell and Google, the founders of the WeAreOpen community initiative, will have a joint float at this year’s Budapest Pride. First-time Priders, as well as companies, organisations and communities with a tradition of participating in Pride and all other supporters are welcome to join the We’re Open float Last year’s crowd and festival atmosphere were a sure sign that this year’s Budapest Pride will prove even more popular. Many first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade – are also expected to attend. You can join the WeAreOpen initiative, which currently has a membership of nearly 700 companies, organisations and communities, on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu website. We welcome all those companies, organisations and communities that regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics.

In the past year, nearly 700 companies, organisations and communities have joined the We’re Open initiative, which was launched in Hungary by espell, Google and Prezi a year ago to promote openness. In the weeks following its launch alone, it was joined by 400 hundred companies, organisations and communities, who entered a float in Budapest Pride. In addition, this spring saw the launch of a social media video campaign with the slogan “Being open is a good thing. Don’t succumb to prejudice”. Companies, organisations, celebrities and Internet users took a stand against prejudice, including towards the Roma, Jews and people with disabilities, by telling their stories in video messages. The videos posted on YouTube were viewed more than 200,000 times within just two weeks.

“Last summer we launched the We’re Open initiative because not only do we believe that being open is the right thing to do, we know from experience that it makes business sense. We know that there are lots of you out there who share our values. We think it’s important to demonstrate our openness and inspire others to do the same,” underlined the representatives of Prezi, espell and Google, the founders of WeAreOpen. “We know from experience that our openness – to new ideas, innovative solutions, to one another and to the world – is one of the keys to our success. Pride is a celebration of diversity all over the world. We believe it’s not enough to accept diversity; we also need to support and celebrate it, because of the benefits it brings. That’s why it’s natural for us to be present at Pride both in Hungary and abroad.”

Since last year the number of members of We’re Open has almost doubled. That, together with last year’s crowd and festival atmosphere, is a sure sign that this year’s Budapest Pride will prove even more popular. “We look forward to welcoming lots of first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade,” said Miklós Bán, CEO of espell, one of the founding companies of We’re Open.

“The companies and organisations of the WeAreOpen community played an important part in the success of the Budapest Pride parade in 2013. Since we know that LMBTQ people are regularly discriminated against in day-to-day situations, including at the workplace, we believe it’s very important for employers and employees to express their commitment to diversity, acceptance and solidarity. That’s why we’re glad the momentum hasn’t let up and We’re Open will celebrate again with us this year, on 5 July,” said Dominika Milanovich, spokeswoman for Budapest Pride.

The members of the We’re Open community initiative regard it as a fundamental value that others are judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

Members of the community include world-renowned Hungarian start-ups, big-name international companies, Hungarian press outlets, bloggers, festivals, higher education institutions, all kinds of companies from big to small, associations, foundations including human rights organisations, an organisation for the promotion of Roma culture, a foundation encouraging disabled people to engage in sport, a foundation helping homeless people and many more organisations, foundations and communities working for many different causes.

At nyitottakvagyunk.hu everyone can make a commitment to openness, which the founders of the initiative believe is a simple, but important gesture. Please send an email to info@nyitottakvagyunk.hu if you would like to attend Budapest Pride as part of the WeAreOpen community. You can find out what’s new in the WeAreOpen community on its Facebook and Google+ pages.

Launch of a community initiative – “WeAreOpen” – to promote openness in Hungary

Launch of a community initiative – “WeAreOpen” – to promote openness in Hungary

Accepting and tolerating diversity is not enough – it should be promoted and celebrated as a positive value that benefits all of us.

Budapest, 24/06/2013 – Launch of a community initiative – “We’re Open” – to promote openness in Hungary. We at Prezi, espell and Google are not doing this simply because we think it’s the right thing to do, but also because we know from experience that being open benefits all of us.

Our openness – to new ideas, innovative solutions, to one another and to the world – is one of the keys to our success.
As open companies, we regard it as a fundamental corporate value that our employees and our partners are judged solely on the basis of their actions and their work performance, and without regard for their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

We know that lot of people share our values, and we believe that it’s important to make this public. The “We’re Open” initiative, along with its webpage nyitottakvagyunk.hu, have been created for those companies, organisations and communities that would like to join us expressing a commitment to openness.

We are now welcoming all groups, companies and organisations who want to sign up for the We’re Open initiative because they believe openness is good and worthwhile. Joining the initiative is easy: the only condition that the groups must meet is that they see openness as a fundamental value and agree with the initiative’s mission. Anyone can sign up at the We’re Open website initiative. The names or logos of all the groups and companies who join then appear on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu (We’re Open) website.

What have we done?
We have launched a joint platform and are looking for open communities
Our first step was to set up a website as a meeting place for those communities, organisations and companies who value openness. Our goal is to bring together those who want to contribute to openness. We believe that it’s important for these open communities to have a shared space in which they can show themselves. 

On the first day, when we were presenting the We’re Open initiative to the public, already more than two hundred companies and organisations, including Morgan Stanley, several Hungarian start-ups, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and BAGázs (an NGO helping people living in Roma settlements) have joined us to express their shared commitment to openness. Their names and logos can already be seen on the website.
Any group, organisation or company who agrees with our mission statement – that openness is not only a good thing but also worthwhile – can now sign up on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu (We’re Open) website. We regularly update the website with the names and logos of the organisations, groups and companies who have signed up.

Prezi, espell, Google: Group initiative in Hungary to promote openness

Prezi, espell, Google: Group initiative in Hungary to promote openness

Accepting and tolerating diversity is not enough – it should be promoted and celebrated as a positive value that benefits all of us.

Budapest, 24/06/2013 – Launch of a community initiative – “WeAreOpen” – to promote openness in Hungary. We at Prezi, espell and Google are not doing this simply because we think it’s the right thing to do, but also because we know from experience that being open benefits all of us. 

Our openness – to new ideas, innovative solutions, to one another and to the world – is one of the keys to our success. 
As open companies, we regard it as a fundamental corporate value that our employees and our partners are judged solely on the basis of their actions and their work performance, and without regard for their age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national or ethnic background, political convictions, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

We know that lot of people share our values, and we believe that it’s important to make this public. The “WeAreOpen” initiative, along with its webpage nyitottakvagyunk.hu, have been created for those companies, organisations and communities that would like to join us expressing a commitment to openness. 

We are now welcoming all groups, companies and organisations who want to sign up for the WeAreOpen initiative because they believe openness is good and worthwhile. Joining the initiative is easy: the only condition that the groups must meet is that they see openness as a fundamental value and agree with the initiative’s mission. Anyone can sign up at the WeAreOpen website initiative. The names or logos of all the groups and companies who join then appear on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu (WeAreOpen) website.

What have we done?

We have launched a joint platform and are looking for open communities. Our first step was to set up a website as a meeting place for those communities, organisations and companies who value openness. Our goal is to bring together those who want to contribute to openness. We believe that it’s important for these open communities to have a shared space in which they can show themselves.

On the first day, when we were presenting the We’re Open initiative to the public, already more than two hundred companies and organisations, including Morgan Stanley, several Hungarian start-ups, the Hungarian Civil Liberties Union and BAGázs (an NGO helping people living in Roma settlements) have joined us to express their shared commitment to openness. Their names and logos can already be seen on the website. 

Any group, organisation or company who agrees with our mission statement – that openness is not only a good thing but also worthwhile – can now sign up on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu (WeAreOpen) website. We regularly update the website with the names and logos of the organisations, groups and companies who have signed up.

What else have we done?

Over the next weeks and months, we will be working together with the participating groups to show just how many of us in Hungary are open. We hope that this will inspire others as well. 

We’re going to the Budapest Pride Festival together 

The next step, which will also be our first common “off-line” event where we can all meet one another, will be the Budapest Pride Festival on 6 July 2013. This is a time for the celebration of diversity worldwide. 
While it is a novelty in Hungary for companies and groups to appear at the Pride parade in an organised manner, this is an accepted and common practice in the West. 
We – Prezi, espell and Google – will be there to show our support for equal opportunity. Several companies and communities have already joined us by signing up for the We’re Open initiative.
We want this to be the beginning of a new tradition in Hungary.

The organising companies will be sharing a float to celebrate diversity at the Budapest Pride parade. As well, we will help promote the visibility of any groups committed to openness who have not yet joint. 

We know that a company, group or organisation has numerous opportunities to display its openness. The WeAreOpen initiative is just one of many possibilities, but we hope that it will serve to inspire others, because we believe that being open is not just a good thing, but that it benefits all of us. (As an interesting side note: one study among many on the economic benefits of diversity.