Yesterday, HRC President Chad Griffin joined NYU Law Professor Kenji Yoshino and Marriott International President Arne Sorenson in New York City at the Economist Pride and Prejudice event.
Together, they discussed how businesses are putting forth ethical models for LGBT inclusion at home and abroad and how these models can influence governments. Businesses across the country are stepping out of the boardroom and into the public square, as we’ve seen across the globe with companies like Marriott and the World Bank speaking out against anti-LGBT bills and practices, limiting their businesses in these areas as a way to influence governments to do right by their LGBT citizens.
For the first time ever, HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which measures LGBT workplace inclusion, assessed multinational companies on how they treat their LGBT employees around the world--not just those in the U.S. The business case for LGBT inclusion has strong momentum, spurred by U.S.-based multinationals across the Fortune 500, a majority of which offers explicit protections on the basis of sexual orientation (93 percent) and gender identity (75 percent).
Additionally, in 2015 HRC announced the creation of a groundbreaking global coalition committed to advancing LGBT workplace equality around the world.
Watch the video below to see what the panelists had to say and learn more about the event here.