Pride 2022: Aldi launches gender transition guides

Aldi has launched a series of gender transition guides to support colleagues who are either undergoing transition or already transitioned.

Now the UK’s fifth-largest supermarket, Aldi created the guides with input from colleagues across the business as it looks to support transgender colleagues at all stages of their transition journey.

The guides – which form part of Aldi’s wider ‘Embrace’ Diversity and Inclusion strategy – also provide practical advice and guidance for line managers and tips for co-workers on how to help their colleagues feel comfortable, safe and respected as they return to work.

“We want to ensure that Aldi is a diverse, inclusive and supportive place to work for everyone,” said Aldi’s diversity and Inclusion director, Richard Shuttleworth.

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“We believe colleagues should feel confident to bring their truest selves to work, and hope the launch of these guides will help anyone who has transitioned, is going through a transition or considering it, to feel safe and supported in doing just that.”

Kimberly Taylor, a store assistant at Aldi who helped to create the guides, has been working at Aldi for over three years and during that time has started to transition.

“Throughout this experience my team have been so supportive of me, helping me to feel confident and accepted every step of the way,” she said.

“The creation of the gender transition guides, when coupled with the care and support provided, makes it clear that my wellbeing and acceptance is a priority for Aldi.”

In further recognition and celebration of Aldi’s LGBTQ+ community, colleagues will also be getting involved in the upcoming Pride events in Birmingham and Manchester, where Aldi floats will join the processions.

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