We're putting equality firmly at the heart of history
We are absolutely delighted to announce our charity of the year during Pride Month, as LGBT Youth Scotland.
Throughout the year we will support Scotland's national charity for LGBTI young people through donations, fundraising events, empowering storytelling training sessions and supporting the charity at Pride Edinburgh. We're also signing up to the LGBT Charter to proactively include LGBTI people in every aspect of our work, protect our staff and provide a high quality service to our visitors.
Some of our team have already signed up to Tough Mudder to fundraise for the charity (rather them than me!).
Kat Brogan, our Managing Director, said: "I'm delighted to announce that this year we are awarding our Charity of the Year title to the fantastic LGBT Youth Scotland and signing up to their LGBT Charter. As a family business, our business investments are firmly rooted in our ambition to look after and nurture our people and our community, so we very much support LGBT Youth's goal of making Scotland the best place to grow up for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex young people."
"A happy, fulfilled team and community is loyal and proud of giving visitors to Edinburgh the best possible experience. We are a product of, and thrive, because of our team and our local relationships. Recognising every individual's human rights and treating everyone equally with dignity and respect is a fundamental part of this. Being a responsible business is not a strategy, it is in Mercat's DNA."
Jane Griffin, Head of Partnerships at LGBT Youth Scotland said: "We are really pleased that Mercat Tours International has named us their Charity of the Year and that they have signed up to the LGBT Charter. Through their support they are demonstrating a true commitment to diversity and the creation of inclusive working environments. It also sends a strong message of inclusion to the entire business community."
Mercat Tours International is a family business committed to helping the Edinburgh community which has sustained and supported the business for 34 years.
Pride Edinburgh this year will take place on Saturday 22 June.