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29 Feb 2016

David Hudson, Gay Star Business (UK)

Burberry & Inditex join global business coalition pushing for LGBT rights

"Burberry and Inditex join global business coalition pushing for LGBTI rights", 26 Feb 2016

…Burberry [part of GUS]…is the latest corporation to sign up to join the Open for Business coalition. Also joining the coalition is Spanish multinational Inditex, the parent company for Zara, Massimo Dutti, Pull & Bear, and Bershka, among others…The coalition is a collection of companies advocating for global LGBTI inclusion and rights. It was launched with the belief that governments and lawmakers in some countries with homophobic laws may be more likely to be persuaded by arguments presented from multi-national corporates rather than LGBTI grassroots activists…[T]he CEO of…Burberry Group, said ‘…The inclusion of the LGBT communities within our organization is absolutely fundamental to all of our accomplishments, our culture and our creativity.’…the Chairman and CEO of Inditex, said…‘Open For Business shows a clear path to understanding the value of diversity, and working together for a really inclusive world.’…[Also refers to Accenture, American Express, AT&T, Barclays, Brunswick, EY, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Linklaters, MasterCard, McKinsey & Company, Microsoft, Royal Bank of Scotland, Standard Chartered, Tesco, Thomson Reuters, Virgin Group]