Commitment to Action

Open For Business: Global Companies Supporting LGBT Inclusion

Commitment by

Brunswick Group

In 2015, Brunswick Group, in collaboration with AT&T, EY, Google, Linklaters, MasterCard, McKinsey & Co., Standard Chartered, and Virgin Group, along with others, committed to launch Open for Business, a consortium that will promote a positive business and economic case for the inclusion of LGBT people. Discrimination against LGBT people has economic consequences to nations, companies, and individuals, including lower productivity and lower economic output. This is a challenge for businesses working to apply inclusive values in the 77 repressive or discriminatory countries worldwide. In September 2015, O4B will publish a comprehensive business and economic argument for global LGBT inclusion that draws together in one report the many strands of research on inclusion-based economic growth, performance, and productivity. Over the next two years, participating companies will utilize this research to engage local business leaders in learning about inclusion-based business performance. By establishing a proven case that successful, enterprising businesses thrive in diverse, inclusive societies, O4B will engage global influencers, train local advocates, and raise the profile of these efforts among policy makers.

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Commitment

Open For Business: Global Companies Supporting LGBT Inclusion

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$1,452,000

Region

Africa, Asia, Middle East & North Africa, Latin America & Caribbean

Commitment by

Brunswick Group

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Google Inc., LinkedIn, Microsoft, EY, IBM, American Express Company, Inc., Mastercard Worldwide, Virgin Group Limited, Standard Chartered Bank, Thomson Reuters, Accenture LLP, Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays plc, Tesco Corporation, Linklaters, AT&T Inc.