Seta – LGBT Rights in Finland has granted the Apple of Good Information 2022 to the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK. The recognition was received last week by Work Life Specialist Sirkku Pohja (in the photo, right). It was presented by Secretary General of Seta Kerttu Tarjamo (in the photo, left) at TEK's office in Pasila.
LGBTQI+ people are invisible in many workplaces and particularly in male-dominated fields of technology, in which the Academic Engineers and Architects in Finland TEK also operates. Seta finds it highly commendable that the organization has set out to systematically raise the visibility of LGBTQI+ people and promote equality.
– Among other things, TEK has published tips on how to be an LGBTQI+ ally and how to be inclusive of LGBTQI+ employees. TEK has also trained shop stewards and given LGBTQI+ people more visibility and space. In 2021, the organization's Student Survey examined the discrimination of LGBTQI+ people as well, says Kerttu Tarjamo, giving reasons for the choice.
Having worked with equality, diversity and inclusion issues for two decades, Sirkku Pohja notes that equality is progressing, but progress is incredibly slow. Many workplaces are under the impression that equality and equity have already been achieved or that there is no need to revise the Equality Plan once it has been approved.
– Equality talk and actions are today's hot topics and tomorrow’s work life skills. We just hired a project worker at TEK to work on an equality guide for student organizations. In early autumn, we set up an online equality training package for our employees to complete independently. Next year, we will be conducting an equality and equity training course for employee representatives who are TEK members, she says.
TEK’s CEO Jari Jokinen says that the TEK community greatly appreciates the honour. Promoting equality requires constant efforts.