Why we joined the LGBTQ+ St. Louis Business Coalition

 LGBTQ+ St. Louis Business Coalition

The LGBTQ+ St. Louis Business Coalition is a group of local business professionals who are passionate about advocating for themselves and other LGBTQ+ employees in their organizations, both to promote an equitable and just working environment and to bring awareness to the challenges faced by members of our community that impact how we/ they show up as a contributing member of the team.

As a group, we share and learn how other local organizations are influencing culture and policy change to make bringing our authentic self to work a reality that is valued.

Membership gives OE an opportunity to position ourselves as advocates and allies along with some of St. Louis’ biggest companies. Bayer, Anheuser Busch, Boeing, and Schnucks among them.

We see it as is a positive for Office Essentials to be mentioned in the same breath on a community level with these progressive companies. We also see our participation as a blueprint for promoting an inclusive work environment for all workers, all year.

As an organization we want to treat the workplace like an embassy. If we have an employee coming to work every day, we should want them to feel safe regardless of what is going on outside our doors. And again, this mentality does not only apply to LGBTQ+ employees. NO one should be afraid to bring their whole self to work.

We strive to be a workplace that allows, and supports, and celebrates every person that comes through the door of the workplace all year long.

Greg Bussmann About the author: Greg Bussmann is a Marketing Specialist at Office Essentials. He is a lifelong, proud St. Louisan, a technology enthusiast, husband, and father to four daughters and three dogs. He enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals and Blues. Email Greg anytime.

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