Around the world, millions of people face discrimination because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Open For Business – a coalition of global companies – exists to promote LGBT+ inclusion. Launched in 2015 at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Summit, Open for Business focuses on taking collective business action for LGBT+ rights in a truly global manner.
The coalition recently recognised eight Equality Champions for going above and beyond in their efforts to champion LGBT+ rights. Virgin has been recognised, along with Accenture, BCG, Brunswick, Deutsche Bank, GSK, IBM and Microsoft.
While several companies and countries have taken positive steps to improve the rights of LGBT+ communities, antagonism persists in many parts of the world. LGBT+ people continue to suffer discrimination at the hands of politicians and lawmakers and many are at risk of harassment and even violence.
This year, the coalition is working to accelerate local influencer programmes in East Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Asia Pacific. they will also provide research and platforms for all coalition partners to take action for LGBT+ rights.