#PrideMonth: Shoutout to South Africa’s to top LGBT employer

As we celebrate Gay #PrideMonth, our top 'LGBT employer' shoutout goes to renowned oil and gas giant, Shell South Africa, the first company in the country to setup an LGBT Network.

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First set up in the US in 1996 as a supportive space for LGBT colleagues to find confidence in being themselves at work, the network’s code of conduct is centred around providing equal opportunity for all staff wherever they work regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.

As a company, Shell SA cares about the diversity of its people because it believe that a fully inclusive workplace allows its  employees to flourish. “And when our employees excel, we excel.”

Mark Emdin, Organisation Effectiveness Manager, Global Functions said the network, as quoted on Shell.co.za, should serve as a beacon for staff in countries where it’s not easy to be LGBTIQ+, and that they can be their true selves at Shell.”

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Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.