PayPal full of Pride as the online payments service signs Diversity Charter Ireland

16 Jun 2016

Raffaella Bonomonte, director of PayPal in Ireland, with Louise Phelan, PayPal's VP of global operations, EMEA, at the signing of the Diversity Charter Ireland

Online payment services company PayPal has signed the Diversity Charter Ireland as part of its Diversity Inclusion Week, which is running from 13 to 17 June.

The charter, which is supported by the European Commission, was signed by Raffaella Bonomonte, director of PayPal in Ireland.

It represents a commitment from PayPal – and other signatories – to ensure effective diversity management, the prevention of discrimination in the workplace, and the promotion of equality with respect to stakeholders and the company environment.

Speaking about the charter, PayPal VP of global operations EMEA, Louise Phelan, said, “It’s a powerful statement of our commitment to ensuring that we support a culture that is characterised by respect and appreciation for each individual’s diversity. Inclusion is one of our cultural values here at PayPal; it’s about respecting and valuing uniqueness and diversity of thought”.

In addition to the signing of the charter, PayPal’s Diversity Inclusion week will also see the company flying the Pride flag (which will fly outside the company’s Dublin and Dundalk offices for the month of June), preparing a float for the Dublin Pride parade on 25 June, and formally launching it LGBT network, PayPal Pride.

PayPal’s commitment to diversity is not solely tied to the LGBTQ community, however.

“We know that ideas are richer and execution is stronger when everyone feels included, and that is what helps us grow as a company. I believe that when you are yourself, you can perform to your maximum potential,” said Phelan.

The company continues to support women, LGBTQ people, and those on the live register struggling to find work.

Kirsty Tobin was careers editor at Silicon Republic