HRC commits to creating, housing, and engaging the Business Coalition for Global Workplace Fairness, launching with some of the largest global companies with established workplace non-discrimination protections in place for their LGBT employees worldwide.
The Coalition builds on the success of HRCs numerous domestic public policy coalitions and will showcase major global businesses support and implementation of consistent LGBT workplace protections across all international business operations. This is particularly critical in hostile environments where businesses have not had a platform to reiterate their commitment to LGBT protections as a community.
HRC has 20 years of directly evaluating, consulting, and reporting on LGBT inclusion in the private sector. In 2002, HRC launched the worlds first LGBT corporate benchmarking report, the Corporate Equality Index (CEI). In 2015, HRC implemented a global mandate to earn a 100 on the CEI in which businesses with global operations must have consistent global LGBT employment protections.
The CEI ranks 800 major employers, most of which are operating globally, and the number of companies earning a 100 has grown from 13 to 366. HRC will leverage this ability to set standards of LGBT inclusion to bolster global in-country advocacy and economic opportunity for the LGBT community. HRC will hold companies accountable to these policies via the CEI.
The Coalition will meet regularly through virtual and in-person round table discussions to learn about the innovative approaches to LGBT inclusion internationally, as well as the challenges to achieving the same levels of LGBT workplace inclusion as in the U.S. The Coalition will serve as a practical resource for companies, LGBT workers, and their families facing challenges in difficult country placements, and will strategize how to engage on-the-ground resources to better serve their employees in-country.
HRC will maintain all of the contacts and accountability data. HRC will provide direct consultation on global workplace equality, support and develop press opportunities, facilitate thought leadership forums in-country with private sector partners, develop correlated resources, and liaison with in-country LGBT networks.
Over the next two years, HRC will carry out the following:
Q3 2015: Launch Coalition at CGIs 2015 Annual Meeting; feature Coalition in Workplace Equality Newsletter.
Q4 2015: Highlight global criteria in 2016 CEI report launch; host virtual meeting with inaugural members, best practice sharing and direct consultation from HRC Foundation on global workplace equality; feature Coalition in Workplace Equality Newsletter.
Q1 2016: Build out global resources with best practices on hrc.org and publish blog posts from Coalition members on hrc.org/blog; hold thought leader forum on Self ID and Navigating Global Systems: Best Practices at in-person Business Advisory Council meeting; feature Coalition in Workplace Equality Newsletter.
Q2 2016: Host global-focused panel/symposium the afternoon before CEI 100% Awards event in New York; highlight Coalition and Global resources in 2017 CEI survey launch; solicit Workshop proposals from Coalition members to be featured in the fall Conference Season (proposed workshops include Company and Culture: How Cross Cultural ERG Collaboration Can Happen and Basic Protections: Ensuring Global Consistency for LGBT Protections, among others); feature Coalition in Workplace Equality Newsletter.
Q3 2016: Focus on best practice and experiential sharing on the businesses journey to global inclusion, including concentration areas of leadership such as ERG development and collaboration, public policy advocacy, community (NGO/civil society) engagement, and other salient themes; feature Coalition in Workplace Equality Newsletter.
Q4 2016: Global highlights in 2017 CEI report release; feature Coalition in Workplace Equality Newsletter
Q1 Q3 2017: Feature Coalition in Workplace Equality Newsletter each quarter.
The global landscape for the social and economic inclusion of the LGBT community is a patchwork of extremes, from progressive nation states leading on matters of equality (e.g. marriage equality, labor inclusion, openly LGBT leaders, etc.) to hostile nations upholding and/or implementing draconian laws aimed at eradicating or severely marginalizing LGBT people from society. Cutting across this global patchwork is a strong line of global businesses seeking to advance profitability and overall viability by attracting and retaining a diverse and talented employee pool inclusive of the LGBT community.
The private sector has led significant efforts to make employment opportunities more equitable for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, often significantly ahead of global lawmakers. LGBT inclusion is both just and smart business: companies that attract and retain the best talent thrive in the global marketplace. The business case for LGBT inclusion has strong momentum, initially spurred by U.S.-based multinationals across the Fortune 500, a majority of which afford explicit protections on the basis of sexual orientation (89%) and gender identity (66%). The phenomenon of LGBT corporate inclusion is growing in East Asia, Australia, the Americas, Europe, and is at its infancy in most of Africa and the Middle East.
Much work remains for global businesses seeking to establish basic workplace protections across all of their operations, particularly in light of recent rollbacks of LGBT social inclusion in Russia, Uganda, Nigeria, and a number of other nations.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) seeks to leverage this critical moment in time in which there is a growing wave of business commitment to LGBT inclusion and a significant appetite from global corporations looking for peer-to-peer guidance, communal, public commitments to basic standards of non-discrimination, and a credible NGO partner to showcase this commitment, house the resources, and guide earned media and private sector learning exchanges of information.
HRC is seeking partnerships in the launch of the Business Coalition for Global Workplace Fairness at the CGI Annual Meeting in September 2015, exposure to its diverse attendees, earned media opportunities, and best practice information from other CGI members.
HRC is offering: Direct consultation from HRC Foundation on global workplace equality; Leveraging of brand best practices across HRC platforms such as blogs, resources, media, and more; Quarterly newsletter from HRC Foundation regarding global LGBT news and areas of focus with an eye on business impact; Facilitated, confidential thought leader forums on subjects such as: Self ID and Navigating Global Systems: Best Practices; Company and Culture: How Cross Cultural ERG Collaboration Can Happen; Basic Protections: Ensuring Global Consistency for LGBT Protections; among others; Toolkits and First Views/Input of New Resources; and, Liaison with in-country LGBT networks.