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What can employers do? COVID-19 Impact Report on Women, LGBTQ+, Roma & Disabled People

We know that the Coronavirus pandemic is a challenging situation for everyone. What we may not know is the impact of the pandemic on different minority groups, and how it affects them at their workplace and beyond, and what employers can do to support them.  

WeAreOpen has partnered with Amnesty Magyarország, Bagázs Egyesület, Háttér Társaság and Salva Vita Alapítvány to create “What can employers do? COVID-19 Impact Report on Women, LGBTQ+, Roma & Disabled People”. 

The Report includes useful information, data and resources about the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on minorities and concrete tips for employers how to handle it. Amnesty International Hungary provided information on gender equality and the role of women in domestic and care work. Bagázs Association shared their report on the negative effects on Roma communities in Hungary such as discrimination and digital poverty. Háttér Society shared their expertise about LGBTQ+ inclusion and how the pandemic could lead to an increase in exclusionary atmosphere. Salva Vita Foundation provided insights on the challenges disabled people face because of social distancing and remote work. 

You can see the report below, and you can download a copy by sharing your email. This Report is just the first step: we encourage all organizations, companies and experts to join the project and contribute their own ideas, stories, best practices etc. and inspire others. Currently, the Report is available only in Hungarian, but we will be adding an English version soon. 

By highlighting some important phenomena and insights, we hope we can help companies and organizations ease the negative effects of the pandemic on diverse employees and communities.

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To download the report, please fill up the following form. If you want to contribute to this project through your own story, case study, best practices or in any other manner, let us know through the form and we’ll get in touch!

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.

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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.

2018 July: 100 CEOs to Pride with WeAreOpen

WeAreOpen prepares for Pride with over 100 CEOs in 2018 as well

Budapest, 6 July, 2018 – WeAreOpen is once again preparing for Budapest Pride, joined together with over 100CEOs. The business leaders will be leading approximately 2000 of their colleagues through the march. The initiative was launched in 2017, so that leaders have the opportunity to stand up for their current and future colleagues through this initiative, saying that employees will be judged solely on their actions and achievements, regardless of anything else. Several organizations have joined the campaign this year as well, besides the founders of WeAreOpen, Prezi, espell and Google, the local CEOs of such internationally renowned companies as Citi, BlackRock, BP, BT, Diageo, Eaton, Exxon, GE, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Nielsen, Procter&Gamble, Telenor, and Vodafone are coming together for the march. Numerous Hungarian enterprises have gotten involved also, including community offices, fashion designers, IT companies, and  architectural firms. CEOs are welcome to join and register for the initiative until the morning of Saturday, on www.weareopen.hu.

Today in Hungary, over a thousand companies and organizations believe that it is not only the right thing to do, but also makes sense business-wise to measure their colleagues solely based on their actions and achievements. International research has also underlined the significance of this approach. For instance, a new study of BCG has found that there is a clear correlation between innovation and diversity within a company, and that organizations that are diverse, are on average also more successful financially. Furthermore, people who work at diverse organizations, generally feel better. In Hungary for instance, 83% of students over 18 would prefer an open company as their workplace.

Last year, for the first time, over a 100 CEOs marched together at Budapest Pride, accompanied by groups of their colleagues. Besides the number of business leaders, the number of colleagues participating at Pride 2018 is also going to be significantly higher than last year, over 2000 employees are expected to turn up tomorrow. For the first time this year, in ties with WeAreOpen, two brands, BP and Viacom are also launching their own lorries .

Melinda Miklós, CEO of WeAreOpen said: “It’s important for companies and company leaders to participate in Budapest Pride in person as well. This is also their business. By doing so, they are sending a message to current and future employees, and take action in order to judge everyone based on only what they have achieved.”  

“Citi is a company dedicated to diversity, that creates an open, inclusive corporate culture by accepting the diverse backgrounds and experiences of its staff. We manage changes and development building on this diversity, becoming a truly global bank. Together, we are not only stronger, but also more efficient” – said Kevin A. Murray, CEO for Central-Europe and Country Head for Hungary for Citi, on why he is joining the initiative. .

For the last five years, WeAreOpen has been working towards demonstrating and promoting that it’s worth it to build a company, an organization, where everyone is judged solely on the basis of their achievements, and that it benefits both the companies, and their employees as well.  

About WeAreOpen

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 high 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.

2017 July: For the first time, 100 business leaders will march together at Budapest Pride

Budapest, 07.07.2017 – On the initiative of WeAreOpen, this year for the first time some 100 business leaders will march together at Budapest Pride. Many of them will lead groups of several dozen colleagues at the parade. In solidarity with their current and future employees, they are standing up for everyone being judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard for any other characteristics. They include the heads of high-profile international brands and Hungarian businesses. The initiative is particularly topical given that, while there are 43,000 unfilled jobs in Hungary’s private sector, international research shows that inclusive companies are more successful and the people working there are more satisfied. Eighty-three percent of students would choose an inclusive workplace. 

By signing up to attend the event, some 100 Hungarian business leaders have expressed their agreement with the following statement: “As a business leader I’ll participate in Budapest Pride. People would like to work for companies where they can be sure, the only thing that matters is their performance, regardless of their gender identity, of their ethnicity or of who they love. As a leader I consider it as an important and responsible act to stand for this value and for our current and future employees. An open workplace is good for the employees, means competitive advantage for the business actors, is the key for better performance and for hiring and retaining colleagues.” The parade will be attended by the heads of the Hungarian offices of well-known international companies, including the founders of WeAreOpen – Prezi, espell and Google – and the CEOs and chairs of Citi, BlackRock, BP, Diageo, Eaton, GE, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Nielsen, Procter & Gamble, and Vodafone. The heads of several dozen Hungarian companies have also signed up to march together with the WeAreOpen float, including research company leaders, communications and advertising experts, coworking office founders, media company leaders, prop makers, architects, web developers, café owners, and startup developers and managers.

Over 1,000 companies and organisations in Hungary are convinced that judging people solely on the basis of their actions and achievements is not only right, but also makes good business sense. The latter point is backed up by numerous international studies. For example, in an international survey of 100 leaders, 89 percent of respondents said that the more inclusive a workplace is, the more satisfied employees are and the better they work together.

One in two employees has encountered negative discrimination at the workplace in Hungary. After people of Roma ethnicity, members of the LGBTQ community face the greatest workplace prejudice in Hungary. Approximately 70% of staff would not like to have a lesbian or gay boss. The next generation, however, thinks differently. According to the 2017 figures of the Hungarian Central Statistical Office, while there are 43,000 unfilled jobs in Hungary’s private sector, 83 percent of students aged over 18 would chose a workplace that they know is inclusive. “It’s important for companies and business leaders to attend Budapest Pride in person. This is their issue too. By participating they’re sending a message to their current and future employees and standing up for everyone being judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements,” said Melinda Miklós, CEO of WeAreOpen.

Organisers expect over 100 business leaders and numerous groups representing companies and organisations to participate in the Budapest Pride parade on Saturday. Business leaders, companies and organisations still have time to sign up on the nyitottakvagyunk.hu website. 

About WeAreOpen

The WeAreOpen community initiative was launched in the summer of 2013 by Prezi, espell and Google. WeAreOpen’s principal sponsor is Citi.

In the past four years, more than 1,000 companies, organisations and communities have joined WeAreOpen, including Hungarian businesses, brands with a high 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 age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic identity and origin, political, religious or other views and physical or other abilities. They are convinced that being an inclusive company or organisation is not only right, but also makes good business sense.

 


Photos for use of WeAreOpen participating at previous Budapest Pride parades with companies and organisations are available on WeAreOpen’s Facebook page.

For more information now or during Budapest Pride, including information about the companies and organisations marching with the WeAreOpen float, please contact:

Melinda Miklós

melinda@nyitottakvagyunk.hu

+36204113784

July 2015: Growing numbers of companies and organisations support opennes at Budapest Pride

WeAreOpen: more than 100 companies and organisations, a “float concert” and the community’s live broadcast from the event

Budapest, 10.07.2015 – This year more than 100 companies and organisations will parade at Budapest Pride together with the We’re Open initiative to express their commitment to acceptance and openness. The founders of the initiative – Google, espell and Prezi – will share a float with several dozen enterprises and organisations, as well as a number of major companies including BP, GE, IBM, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley and Ustream. Several well-known musicians will show their solidarity with their love songs that they have rewritten as LGBTQ tracks. The Kistehén (Little Cow) band will perform on the float, and Péterfy Bori és a Pluto will publish the LGBTQ version of one of its songs. Thanks to the live broadcast, those who can’t be there in person can follow the event online. The members of We’re Open are companies, organisations and communities that regard openness as a fundamental value and believe that others should be judged solely on the basis of their actions and achievements, without regard to other characteristics.

This year more than 100 companies and organisations, together with a number of their employees, will parade together with the We’re Open float at Budapest Pride to celebrate acceptance and the world’s diversity. We’re Open looks forward to welcoming many first-time Priders – those who are participating in their first Pride this year.

As a new feature, musicians will show their commitment to acceptance by performing LGBTQ versions of their songs. The Kistehén (Little Cow) band will treat all those arriving at Budapest Pride to a mini concert at the We’re Open float, and will debut the hit that it has rewritten as an LGBTQ love song at the event. “Instead of prejudices, we need to strive for a free, open, curious and happiness-centred life,” says singer Bori Péterfy, explaining why her band rewrote its track “A nagy szívbűvülő” (“The great heart charmer”) as an LGBTQ love song. GypsyRobot will play on the We’re Open float during the parade, the LGBTQ version of one of The Biebers’ and PaDöDö’s love songs will be part of the DJ set as well.

On Saturday, 11 July, everyone can watch We’re Open’s live stream from Budapest Pride on nyitottakvagyunk.hu and YouTube from 15:30 onwards.

The solidarity shown by companies and organisations is highly topical given a Gemius study showing that in 52% of workers have encountered negative discrimination at the workplace in Hungary. That result is poor in European comparison; according to an international study, the Western European average is around 35%[1]. Roma and LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and queer) people are the groups most rejected at the workplace. Hungarians would least like to have them as colleagues, subordinates or managers. Yet the research also showed that 83% of students, i.e. the employees of the future, would like to work in an open, non-discriminative environment.

The We’re Open community initiative was founded by Prezi, espell and Google in summer 2013. Since then near 900 companies, organisations and communities have joined, including Hungarian enterprises, well known Hungarian and international brands and NGOs. This is the We’re Open initiative’s third year running at Budapest Pride.

The members of the We’re Open 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 identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, political convictions, religious or other beliefs, physical abilities, or other characteristics.

We’re Open has run a campaign for gender equality at the workplace – the members of the initiative made more than 100 public commitments to take steps to ensure that women and men enjoy equal opportunities at work. The community has expressed its commitment to diversity and acceptance at Budapest Pride and the Rehab Critical Mass parade. This year for Valentine’s Day musicians rewrote their tracks as LGBTQ love songs under the motto “Love is for everyone” to show their support for acceptance. And last spring We’re Open collected personal stories about openness and acceptance from celebrities, companies and Internet users as part of its video campaign under the slogan: “Being open is a good thing. Don’t listen to prejudice”.

At nyitottakvagyunk.hu everyone can make a commitment to openness, which the founders of the initiative believe is a simple, but important gesture. Companies, organisations and communities can join We’re Open on the initiative’s website, and you can follow the initiative’s news on its Facebook page.

About the Gemius research

The research is representative of the online Hungarian community aged over 15. The sample size was 2500 people. The questionnaire survey was performed using the CAWI pop-up method between 20 and 27 July 2014.

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.

 
[1]Kelly Services: Discrimination emerging in new forms in the global jobs market, 2006

July 2014: More than 100 companies and organisations plan to join the WeAreOpen float

100 companies+ and organisations will join the WeAreOpen float: Stream it on YouTube

Budapest Pride live on YouTube

More than 100 companies and organisations plan to join the WeAreOpen float

Budapest, 05.07.2014 – The Budapest Pride parade will be screened live on the YouTube channel of the WeAreOpen community initiative this afternoon. More than 100 companies and organisations are planning to join the WeAreOpen float at Budapest Pride. 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 will celebrate the world’s diversity at Budapest Pride today.

Numerous companies and organisations, including Prezi, espell and Google, the organisers of the community initiative, 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. WeAreOpen also looks forward to welcoming many first-time Priders – people who have previously not participated in the parade.

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.

 

LIVE: From Budapest Pride – you can embed the video from YouTube

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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.

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.