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Goldman Sachs introduced a pronoun initiative today, giving employees a variety of ways to signal to colleagues and others the pronouns by which they would like to be referred, according to a staff memo.
The multi-faceted initiative will be rolled out in two stages, and will include updating the 14 business principals that have guided the firm since 1979.
Employees will soon be able to share their chosen pronouns in e-mail signatures, on event name tags, and on cards they can display at their desk, the memo said.
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Goldman Sachs is embracing gender identity preferences with a new initiative that gives employees a choice to identify themselves by their chosen pronoun.

The Wall Street bank has enacted a multi-faceted initiative, to be rolled out in one stage beginning immediately and adding elements over time, according to a memo sent to all employees today and viewed by Business Insider. The memo was signed by global diversity committee co-chairs Gwen Libstag and Liz Martin.

“Few things are more personal than how people address us, and using a person’s self-identified pronouns,” according to the memo, “is an important way to show respect.”

Goldman will update the 14 business principals that have guided the firm since 1979, add new webpages explaining the use of pronouns and why people should be thinking about gender identity, and create new ways by which employees can proactively share their preferred pronoun, such as in an e-mail signature.

Later changes will include an option for employees to display their chosen pronoun on internal directory pages. Goldman’s directory includes such information as office location, phone number and title and is used by the firm’s 38,000 employees to look up and learn more about their colleagues.

The effort was launched in conjunction with International Transgender Day of Remembrance, …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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