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Coalition Action

How can the private sector advance LGBT+ rights globally? This question is central to our work as a coalition. As part of our Global Influencer Program, we regularly hold events with a variety of stakeholders to come up with tangible actions businesses can take. See our recent activity below.

Private Sector Panel at Equal Rights Coalition Global Conference

Open For Business's Program Director, Drew Keller, moderates the first panel dealing specifically with how the private sector can advance LGBT+ rights. The panel was co-hosted by NGLCC and included representatives from Stonewall, EQUAL GROUND in Sri Lanka, Pride Connection Chile, Microsoft, and PNC Bank. The Equal Rights Coalition consists of 40 countries working together to advance LGBT+ rights globally.

Keynote Speech at the Prague Pride Business Forum

Jon Miller of Open For Business gave the opening Keynote address at the largest LGBT+ conference in the Czech Republic, focused on how inclusion and diversity can have a positive effect on business performance.

Open For Business Briefing at the European Parliament

Business leaders, MEPs and civil society groups gathered at the European Parliament for a briefing of the economic case for LGBT+ inclusion, at an event hosted by Roberta Metsola MEP and the European Parliament Intergroup on LGBT Rights.

Parliamentarians for Global Action Board Meeting

Parliamentarians for Global Action, a non-partisan international network of committed legislators, informs and mobilizes parliamentarians to advocate for human rights and the rule of law. At their recent Board meeting in New York, senior business leaders from our coalition joined a private reception hosted by the EU Ambassador to the UN. The business leaders discussed the economic case for LGBT+ rights with the 12 MPs in attendance, from across Africa, Asia, South America, and Europe.

IDAHOBIT at EY

Drew Keller of Open For Business joined a panel of business leaders from EY, Fujitsu, and GSK to discuss the role that business can play in advancing LGBT+ rights around the world.

Open For Business Reception at the Commonwealth Summit

In partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and OUTStanding, Open For Business welcomed business leaders and parliamentarians from around the Commonwealth at an event hosted by the UK’s All Party Parliamentary Group on Global LGBT Rights.

Commonwealth Summit Panel Discussion on Diversity & Inclusion

Jon Miller of Open For Business joined LGBT+ activists and parliamentarians – including Caleb Orozco and Senator Valerie Wood from Belize – to discuss how National Human Rights Institutions can work more closely with the private sector on LGBT+ rights .

Executive Dialogues in Mumbai and Bangalore

Open For Business partnered with The Economist and UNDP to convene business leaders and civil society leaders in Mumbai and Bangalore. The closed-door sessions focused on how businesses can make India a more LGBT+ inclusive country.

British Embassy Dinner in Washington DC

The British Deputy Head of Mission in the US hosted senior business leaders from our coalition and government officials to his home for a dinner to discuss how government and business can support each other as they advance LGBT+ rights.

Equal Rights Coalition Coordination Meeting

The Equal Rights Coalition (ERC) is an intergovernmental organization of 39 states dedicated to the protection of the rights of LGBT+ people. At their recent coordination meeting in Washington, DC, Drew Keller of Open For Business discussed how the private sector is advancing LGBT+ rights globally - and how the ERC can help.

Financial Conduct Authority Keynote Speech

Jon Miller of Open For Business spoke at an event hosted by the UK’s financial regulator: “A strong global LGBT+ network is an indicator that a company is proactively managing its culture and implementing its values”.

Minneapolis Report Launch

Accenture hosted a panel discussion in Minneapolis to discuss the new Open For Business report on cities. Drew Keller from Open For Business discussed our cities research and sat on a panel with Minneapolis's mayor and business leaders to discuss how cities can improve LGBT+ inclusion and economic development.

Open For Business report launch – 24 January 2018

Open For Business collation partner Accenture hosted the launch of our new report ‘Strengthening the economic case’ at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Watch the live streamed event.

Cities That Are Open For Business Show High Levels of Economic Success, Sander van ‘t Noordende, Group CEO, Accenture

Accenture's Group CEO Sander van 't Noordende discusses why LGBT+ inclusive cities are competitive cities.

UN Forum on Business & Human Rights – Panel Discussion

Jon Miller of Open For Business joined a panel discussion for the launch of the UN Standards of Conduct for Businesses on LGBTI, alongside business leaders from signatory companies.

London Business School EurOut Conference

Jon Miller of Open For Business joined a panel discussion on how a new generation of business leaders can become advocates for LGBT+ inclusion in the workplace and in broader society.

UN Human Rights Council – Panel Discussion

The Commonwealth Secretariat and Open For Business partnered on an event to brief delegates on private sector efforts to promote LGBT+ inclusion in countries which have hostile laws or attitudes.

Event on the Shrinking Civil Society Space – September 2017, New York

Linklaters hosted an event with Open For Business on the global threats to LGBT+ civil society groups. Jon Miller joined a panel that included former UK Foreign Secretary, Lord William Hague. Read more about the global civil society emergency below.

OUTStanding Executive Sponsors Breakfast

Open For Business’ Jon Miller spoke at a breakfast hosted by our coalition partner PwC, to discuss the role that executive sponsors can play in promoting LGB&T inclusion globally.

Open for Business partners with The Economist

Pride and Prejudice 2017 explored the role of business in moving the mark on LGBT rights. To coincide with the conference the EIU published it’s new ‘Agents of Change’ report looking into the status of LGBT people in the business world.

Six LGBT advocates travelled to the WEF 2017 in Davos – 20 February 2017

Open For Business travelled to the World Economic Forum 2017 in Davos with six global LGB&T advocates in partnership with All Out and Hub Culture.

Open For Business networking event

Our collation partners Burberry and Inditex held an Open For Business networking event for policy makers and civil society at the Burberry store in Washington DC.

A Clear Message For Countries Where It’s Illegal To Be Gay, Sir Richard Branson – 1 October 2015

Sir Richard Branson: The moral case has been made; now we hav the economic evidence.

Media Coverage

Tactics to support same-sex couples in overseas postings – 15 Feb 2018

“Even if they try their hardest to make inclusive workplaces, companies are not going to realise the full business and economic value of LGBT inclusion because of the laws and social attitudes" - Drew Keller, Open For Business

London ranked among top cities “fully open for business” on inclusivity and competitiveness – 24 Jan 2018

London has been ranked among the top cities crowned "fully open for business" in a new study assessing which places across the globe demonstrate the highest levels of inclusion and economic competitiveness.

Companies face up to clash of cultures over LGBT+ rights [Paywall] – 7 Jun 2016

“Businesses perform better when the companies offer an environment that is LGBT+-friendly and they pursue pro-LGBT+ policies.” – Jon Miller, Brunswick Group  

EIU Perspectives podcast: Forget being PC – Lives are at stake – 25 April 2016

Matthew Bishop is joined by Brunswick Group’s Jon Miller to discuss why leading multinational firms have formed Open for Business, a global coalition to campaign for LGBT+ rights.  

Accenture, Barclays, Microsoft and Tesco join global coalition pushing for LGBT rights, David Hudson – Jan 22 2016

It was announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos that four more corporations are joining the Open for Business initiative.  

Campaign launched highlighting economic case for pro-LGBT rights, Jill Treanor – 29 September 2015

Open for Business ‘pulls together data that makes the case for the LGBT community in the workplace’

The economic case for global LGBT rights

A report from the Open For Business Coalition shows a close correlation between economic development and LGBT inclusion.

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