At Trane Technologies, celebration days and months are the ideal time to reflect on the progress we’ve made in cultivating an inclusive work culture. They also give us the chance to reaffirm our commitments to advancing diversity and inclusion. Our journey as a top diverse employer continues daily and celebrations like Pride month provide the perfect opportunity to honor diversity and advance inclusion.
As we observe LGBTQ Pride Month, we reflect on “how far we’ve come as a society, and how far we still have to go,” said Christin Anniannis, director of health & safety at Trane Technologies and co-chair of PRIDE, our employee resource group (ERG) for LGBTQ people and their allies.
Trane Technologies’ PRIDE employee resource group (ERG) provides support to LGBTQ people, raises awareness around the struggles in the LGBTQ community, and engages employees through education and celebration.
“The ERG also shows how allies play an important role in helping everyone feel safe at work,” she added. “Only a relatively small percentage of the general population is LGBTQ, so we need allies willing to align with us and help advocate for equal rights and fair treatment.”
“We’re fostering an inclusive environment, where employees can bring their authentic selves to work,” said Denise Rodgers, sales administrator and regional inclusion network leader in our Commercial HVAC office in Austin, Texas, and co-chair of PRIDE. “This is why we celebrate.”
Changing the inclusion landscape
When Denise first joined our company in 2016, she’d heard about Trane Technologies’ eight employee resource groups that reflect the diversity of our workforce around the globe. The groups function at the enterprise level with local chapters in Trane Technologies locations around the world.
“However, in the Texas and North Louisiana region, we didn’t have any local ERG chapters at the time,” she said. “Inclusion wasn’t a big topic of discussion. I reached out to my Human Resources manager to see how I could help. Local leaders knew they needed ERGs but didn’t know how to get started.”
So Denise took the bull by the horns, with her leaders’ support, and began changing the inclusion landscape in her region. She joined PRIDE at the enterprise level, landed a spot on the steering committee and started the Texas and North Louisiana chapter of PRIDE. Her role shifted from solely sales administration to also include leading inclusion networks in the region. Denise has since launched 25 more ERG chapters in the region and has become co-chair of PRIDE.