Violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex (LGBTI) people cannot be ended by governments alone. Businesses can foster diversity and promote a culture of respect and equality both in the workplace and in the communities where they and their business partners operate.
The United Nations is calling on companies all over the world – big and small, local and multinational – to help move the dial in the direction of greater equality for LGBTI people.
We know from experience that every time discrimination is diminished, everyone benefits. This is how companies can do their part:
UN Human Rights (OHCHR) is working in collaboration with the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality to raise awareness and support implementation of the UN Standards of Conduct for Business Tackling Discrimination against Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Intersex People.
Your company can help by:
- becoming a supporter of the UN Standards and adding your name to the list of companies expressing public support. Please visit the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality website to learn more.
- using the LGBTIQ+ Standards Gap analysis tool. This free tool developed by UN Human Rights, UN Global Compact and the Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality helps companies implement the Standards of Conduct in the workplace and beyond.
- checking out “Minding the corporate Gap“, a publication that offers companies, including human resource management professionals and those promoting diversity and inclusion within companies, with an overview of areas for potential collaboration with LGBTIQ+ civil society, as well as practical examples of such collaboration in different parts of the world.