How inclusive are businesses today?
Since launching OUTstanding three years ago, we’ve seen real progress: the Marriage (Same Sex) Act was passed in the UK in 2013 and the Marriage Act in Ireland in 2015. Such legislation has a positive impact on businesses and how they help their LGBT+ employees.
As our lists are published in the FT, they have become influential within the international business world. Global businesses are increasingly engaging and trying to support their LGBT+ staff in international regions with any anti-LGBT+ legislation. We help our members by sharing best practice, driving solutions and seeing how corporations can work together to make a difference.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised at the readiness of leaders to accept that openness about sexuality at work is not only beneficial for employees but also for business. We hear countless ‘coming out’ stories from people who can truly be themselves at work and in every aspect of their lives, which is not only heart-warming, but reinforces the need to champion LGBT+ career success. Many senior ally leaders still need vital support to foster truly inclusive environments. It’s our role to drive conversations that lead to positive action. More and more ally programmes are being launched by businesses internally so people can support their LGBT+ colleagues.