These businesses share a deep-rooted commitment to diversity and inclusion in their own workplaces, and they are concerned about the growth of anti-LGB&T policies in many countries in which they operate.
The coalition identified the need for a stronger and more comprehensive evidence base that makes the business and economic case for LGB&T inclusion. Even within governments implementing anti-LGB&T policies there is opposition – and this often comes from ministers with responsibility for finance and commerce. The opportunity exists now to empower those arguing against discrimination, and provide them with ammunition.
This report is the first output of Open For Business. It builds upon many strands of work which explore the subject from different angles, such as economic growth and development, business performance and productivity, and human resources and talent management. This report brings together these strands into the most comprehensive evidence base yet published on this subject.
The coalition will use this content as the basis for outreach programmes in countries with anti-LGB&T sentiment, conducting training and roundtables to raise awareness of the case for inclusion, and creating allies and activists in the local business communities.
Our task is to present the business rationale on global LGB&T inclusion: successful, enterprising businesses thrive in diverse, inclusive societies and the spread of anti-gay policies runs counter to the interests of business and economic development.
The Open For Business coalition was launched at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York on the 29th September 2015.