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Faith in the Workplace: What Youth Should Expect

12 Jan, 2024

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  • – Date & Time: Jan 17, 2024
  • – 5:00pm (GMT), 12:00pmThe Cities, Faith, and Communities Forum (CFCF) proudly presents its Interfaith Leadership Programme, empowering young individuals between the ages of 18-30 with the essential skills and tools to actively engage in the interfaith and civic spheres across Europe.This is the second in a series of online sessions on topics related to faith and society led by distinguished speakers. This session will revolve around the topic of “Faith in the Workplace”. Our speaker for this session is Dr Brian Grim, who is President of the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation and former chair of the World Economic Forum’s global council on the role of faith.

MLK 2024 Celebration – Invitation from Microsoft & Intel

8 Jan, 2024

A Message for Peace

You’re invited to join the first cross-company Microsoft-Intel Martin Luther King, Jr. 2024 Celebration on Thursday, 1/11/24 at 11 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. CT / 2 p.m. ET.

Join event this special Teams Hall event, which serves as a meaningful tribute to Dr. King’s impactful contributions to civil rights and equality; “A Message for Peace.”

The event will feature 84 Intel and Microsoft employees, representing diverse backgrounds and various life experiences, including senior executives such as Vice-Chair and President Brad Smith, President Americas Deb Cupp from Microsoft, and CEO of Intel Pat Gelsinger.

Your presence will add to the richness of this celebration, and our Microsoft and Intel colleagues can’t wait to share this memorable day with you. If you have any questions or need further information, please feel free to reach out. Let’s come together to honor and reflect on the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Want to learn more about MLK?

MLK’s Pat to Peace? Love of Enemies

Above: Videos, audio, and photos covering the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with a focus on his speech “Loving Your Enemies” written in the 1950s while in a Georgia jail, taken from his book “Strength to Love” where he selected what he thought were some of his best speeches.

MLK’s Loving Your Enemies speech talks about about how loving our enemies is difficult, but it is the only method to achieve lasting unity. Highly recommend reading the whole 20 minute speech! It is inspiring and a life changer. A famous quote from this speech is:

 

 

Are you ready for REDI?

3 Jan, 2024

The Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (REDI) Index is a FREE benchmarking measure of an organization’s commitment to including religion & belief as part of its overall diversity initiatives.

Register to join us on Thursday, January 11th, to learn how your organization can participate!

  • January 11, 2024
  • 11am ET, 8am PT, 4pm UK
  • Zoom (will be recorded)

 

Christians at Amazon Christmas Gathering Friday 12/15

13 Dec, 2023

Faith groups at companies across the world are celebrating the December holidays in a variety of ways. I’m pleased to pass along an invitation to all from the Christians at Amazon group to join them in celebrating their 3rd Annual cross-company global Christmas gathering.

Event: Christians at Amazon Christmas Gathering
Date: Friday 12/15
Time: 10am PST, 1pm EST, 6pm BST (UK), 11:30pm IST (India)
Register: for Zoom link

The event will feature a luminous retelling of the Christmas story – Holy Night and Little Star – by National Book Award nominee Mitali Perkins (born in Kolkata (Calcutta), India), and worship songs by young adult music artist Seph Schlueter. It promises to connect us all to the hope and joy of the season. Kids and family are also welcome.

If you are part of a faith-or-belief-based employee resource group hosting a holiday event that you’d like to open to people from other companies, please drop me a note. Also, if you’d like to help make your workplace more faith-and-belief-friendly, check out our free Toolkit for Religiously Inclusive Workplaces.

Brian Grim
President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
Global Chair, Dare to Overcome

BREAKING: UK Government expects business to respect religious freedom

5 Dec, 2023

Question to Government

To ask His Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Religious Freedom & Business [Foundation], in cooperation with the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, Building Freedom of Religion or Belief Through Faith-And-Belief Friendly Workplaces: A Call to Action, published on 20 November.

Lord Alton of Liverpool

Answered on 5 December 2023

The UK Government notes the report by the Religious Freedom & Business Foundation, in cooperation with the APPG for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, Building Freedom of Religion or Belief Through Faith-And-Belief Friendly Workplaces: A Call to Action, published on 20 November.

Promoting the right to freedom of religion or belief (FoRB) is one of the UK’s longstanding human rights priorities. As well as championing FoRB, we have consistently supported the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on business and human rights, which are widely regarded as the authoritative international framework to steer practical action by Governments and businesses worldwide on this important agenda.

The Government is clear that it expects all UK businesses to respect human rights, including FoRB, throughout their operations, in line with the UNGPs.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon

Read original on UK Parliament website

Largest Ever Religion & Work Survey

29 Nov, 2023

On November 28, 2023, consulting firm Pearn Kandola released the largest-ever survey of religion in the workplace, with over 6,000 participants in the UK and US from six different faiths: Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Sikhism.

From the study summary:

“Organisations may believe that they are promoting religious inclusivity but their employees do not necessarily agree. Religion at work is a topic that is largely overlooked by organisations and within organisational research even though for people who have a faith, this is an important part of their lives and identity.

Whilst some initial evidence exists to suggest that religious employees may be experiencing barriers to the expression of religious identity at work, the research around the topic of religion at work is extremely limited. We lack a clear understanding of the barriers that religious employees face at work, particularly within the UK. Pearn Kandola’s ‘Religion at Work’ research project aims to raise awareness around employee experiences of expressing religious identity at work. We set out to understand the experiences of people who have a faith in the workplace; the obstacles they face regarding religious expression; and what organisations can do to create more inclusive environments.”

–> Read the full report here.

Some of the key findings were:

In 2021, Pearn Kandola using contacts within faith groups and the online research recruitment platform, Prolific, 6,315 participants across six religious groups took part in the survey. Participants were eligible to participate if they lived in the UK or US and were a follower of Judaism, Islam, Sikhism, Buddhism, Hinduism, or Christianity.

The Pearn Kandola study also did in-depth qualitative interviews with a smaller group of respondents. In 2022, a follow-up qualitative survey was carried out to explore some of the issues that had emerged in more depth. 470 people participated in this part of the research

Comparison between UK and US responses

Pearn Kandola proposes the following recommendations to overcome barriers to religious expression at work and create the conditions for religious expression to result in positive outcomes:

 

Groundbreaking report released at UK Parliament

26 Nov, 2023

Roadmap for governmental thought on business & freedom of religion or belief (FoRB)

Foreword by Jim Shannon MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief


The Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB) is a touchstone human right. It enters every aspect of our lives, not only in religious practice. Whether in home life, the workplace, recreation, or any other setting, our belief systems, backgrounds, and identities travel with us. This report is a much-needed step in developing governmental thought on FoRB and business, showcasing the fantastic steps which businesses across the world, including many in the UK, are taking to promote “covenantal pluralism” in their workplaces.

The report is unique in that it provides a very practical toolkit for businesses to promote FoRB, thus improving employee experience and business output. The recommendations, tried and proven by top corporations, will prove valuable in promoting fundamental human rights in organic ways, through the “building method” of FoRB promotion.

When building, we seek to promote openness and acceptance of various religious and belief backgrounds, including those of no belief. In so doing, we feel free to express ourselves in a more authentic way, allowing for greater trust and cooperation among colleagues.

As a parliamentarian, I look forward to the combination of “building” and “advocacy” strategies playing out in the business world and in parliament. There is much we can learn in government from such positive methods. I look forward to applying the recommendations in my own work as an MP, with the hope that our diversity and celebration of FoRB will blossom, laying the foundation for FoRB policy innovations that may benefit millions.

Read full report.

Keynoting American Airlines Diwali Celebration

18 Nov, 2023

By Brian Grim

On Thursday evening, I had the honor of delivering the keynote at the 25th annual Diwali celebration at American Airlines HQ in Dallas. I focused on the value of religious freedom to economies and the competitive edge that American Airlines has as a top faith-friendly workplace.

I also participated on the panel “Global Harmony at Work: Fostering Cultural Exchanges in Corporate Setting” featuring American Airlines VP Om Maniyar, McKesson’s Winston Lam and Equinix’s Mahendra Jha, moderated by Charles Sucur, Director of Corporate Security Technology at American Airlines.

The event — attended by hundreds — was organized by the airline’s Indian Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG), which was also celebrating it’s 25th anniversary.

According to Soniya Hiremath, president of the DFW I-EBRG, the colorful event “showed how Diwali, the festival of lights, illuminates our workplaces with joy, camaraderie, and cultural significance. Celebrating Diwali at work fosters inclusivity, strengthens bonds, and enriches the understanding of diverse traditions.”

The event centered on educating American Airlines team members on the importance of EBRGs, being allies of other EBRGs, while bringing the cultural contributions of Indian team members and the I-EBRG to the workplace.

Senior American Airline leaders participating included VPs Kimberly Cisek, Om Maniyar, Chief Technology Officer Anchal Gupta, Chief Diversity Officer Cedric Rockamore, Senior Diversity Director Millicent Washington Rone ( MBA, ITIL) and many more!

“Listen & Learn” /together

9 Nov, 2023

A /together* webinar exploring how we can bring people together and heal divisions arising from the Israel/Gaza conflict

The /together coalition is pleased to share the incredible set of experts and members of the Jewish and Muslim communities sharing on Monday’s ‘Chatham House rule’ webinar.

Join us this Monday 13th November for a Listen and Learn Webinar on Addressing Community Tensions 💬

📅 When: Monday, November 13th at 11am UK time / 6am NYC time

🌐 Register here: https://lnkd.in/eGqBu8De

Our focus will not be on the events in Israel-Palestine but on showcasing best practices and practical advice for addressing community tensions right here in the UK.

Please share this invitation with your networks.

🤝 This will be a private Chatham House Rules event, ensuring open and candid discussions.

* Together is a coalition that everyone is invited to join, from individuals and community groups to the UK’s best known businesses and organisations. Our aim is to build kinder, closer and more connected communities by bringing people together and bridging divides.


Speakers:

  • – Sunder Katwala, Director, British Future Councillor
  • – Peray Ahmet, Leader, Haringey Council
  • – Ali Amla, Founder, Solutions Not Slides
  • – Iman Abou Atta, Director, Tell MAMA
  • – Bishop Toby Howarth, Bishop of Bradford
  • – Dr Lindsay Simmonds, London School of Jewish Studies
  • – Julie Siddiqi, Faith Relations Expert
  • – Salil Tripathi, Senior Adviser Global Issues Institute for Human Rights
  • – Brian Grim, President, Religious Freedom & Business Foundation
  • – Dame Sara Khan, Lead Commissioner, Commission for Countering Extremism

Join us for a conversation with community organisations and public and private sectors voices actively working to address tensions in the UK arising from the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict.

Since the pogrom in Israel on 7th October and the subsequent conflict in Gaza, anti-semitic hate and islamophobia have soared in the UK. Many organisations and communities are having to deal with grief, anger, hurt and division over the conflict.

In line with our mission to create kinder, closer and more connected communities in the UK, this event will be an opportunity for organisations to listen and learn — showcasing best practice and tangible advice from organisations and individuals who are working to address the tensions in British communities, rather than a discussion on current events in the Israel-Palestine.

This webinar presents a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of how your organisation can proactively deal with current tensions and support your employees, volunteers, members, and more.