Report by a coalition of companies makes business case for LGBT inclusion

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12 October 2015

Open for Business initiative promotes positive business & economic case for equality

Open For Business is a coalition of global companies making the case that inclusive, diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth. The purpose of the coalition is to promote a positive business and economic case for equality of opportunity for everyone, all across the world.

Open For Business is a response by a number of leading global businesses to the spread of anti-LGB&T sentiment in many parts of the world. It is not a formal organisation, but a coalition of companies supporting LGB&T inclusion [refers to Accenture, Brunswick, IBM, MasterCard, Standard Chartered, American Express, Burberry, Inditex, McKinsey & Company, TESCO, AT&T, EY, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Thomson Reuters, Barclays, Google, Linklaters, RBS, Virgin].

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12 October 2015

Report: "The Economic and Business case for global LGB&T inclusion"

Author: Open for Business

Open, inclusive and diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth. This report presents the evidence base that supports this: it demonstrates that businesses thrive in tolerant societies and that the spread of anti-LGB&T policies runs counter to the interests of business and economic development.

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6 October 2015

12 companies join Human Rights Campaign in push for gay rights beyond US & Western Europe

Author: Ken Sweet, AAP (Australia)

"Major companies push for LGBT rights", 5 Oct 2015

A dozen corporations, including Google Inc, Microsoft Corp, and Coca-Cola Co, are joining a new coalition to push for LGBT rights in the workplace in places beyond the US and Western Europe.

The organisation is partly a response to the recent setbacks for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender rights in countries like Russia, Uganda and the Middle East. The Human Rights Campaign-led group will push for protections in the workplace globally, including in countries where LGBT individuals face legal discrimination or harassment... [Other coalition members:] Accenture, AT&T Inc,...CA Technologies,...Destination Weddings Travel Group,...IBM,...Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams,...Procter & Gamble Co,...Replacements Ltd, and Symantec Corp. HRC officials expect the group to grow. [also refers to Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase]

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