February 15, 2023
Reversing Homophobia and Non-Binary Gender Discrimination at the C-level
Panel Discussion

C-suites driving change: From formal inclusive policies to real LGBT inclusion at work

February 15, 2023 4:00 PM CET BUY TICKETS

As of 2019, 21 % of European and 36 % of American LGBTQ professionals reported having experienced workplace discrimination. The problem remains rampant both in hiring and in day-to-day interactions between openly queer professionals and their colleagues, as employers are more likely to view resumes from visibly gay or lesbian applicants unfavorably. LGBTQ people who are more open about their identities have more physical and emotional wellbeing. According to McKinsey’s research, having employees perceive equity and fairness of opportunity is a proven lever to enhance financial performance. Current STEM industries, for instance, have lost up to 120,000 viable candidates due to the cumulative effects of anti-LGBTQ biases.

While a record 6 % of Americans now identify as LGBTQ, business leaders either turn their backs on the everyday struggles of queer employees, or call it a day with inadequate and incomplete formal policies that lack depth and a bottom-up perspective. The cases of meaningful LGBTQ inclusion are rare, and they all feature strong support of DEI from the executive team, as well as an ongoing feedback loop. Enabling queer professionals to feel free in their identities creates a more open and innovative workplace and allows employees to fulfill their potentials.

Learn at this panel discussion how top global corporate diversity leaders are radically changing their workplaces in order to eliminate harassment, discrimination, and marginalization of LGBTQ employees.