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LGBT in China
Being one of the biggest economies of the world,
Chinaˇ¦s strong domestic demand and
strategic outbound investment has cemented Chinaˇ¦s influence over
businesses, investors and communities across the world.
Multinational companies across a wide range of sectors have
established significant presence in China, with some moving global
headquarters to major cities, for example Shanghai, to leverage the
proximity to their key markets in Asia. Home-grown Chinese
businesses and joint ventures have flourished in both size and
competitiveness in major industries such as technology,
telecommunications, utilities and insurance.
As companies in China
continue to operate and compete in a globalised and interconnected
world, the need for companies to distinguish themselves as industry
leaders means that there is an increasing need for driving
innovation, diversity of thought and better corporate governance.
changes in social attitudes towards LGBT individuals, sexual
orientation and gender identity remain sensitive subjects in both
society and, even more so, in the workplace. There is an assumption
of heterosexuality - few people are openly gay and there is enormous
family pressure to get married and maintain the family line.
However, a more active civil society has emerged in the last decade
or so, with organisations serving and advocating for the rights of
LGBT individuals and their families sprinkled across this vast
country. Access to the internet, an active social media scene and an
increasingly curious and open-minded media has also been pivotal in
changing the LGBT landscape in China. Whether companies in China can
withstand the winds of change or will lead the way towards a more
equal workplace and society, remains to be seen.
Community Business believes that companies in China has ample
opportunities to create positive change. We are delighted to have
the opportunity to work with its partners to facilitate greater
understanding on this topic in China and drive the adoption of best
practice with regard to creating more inclusive workplaces for LGBT
employees. The publication of our forthcoming LGBT Resource Guide
for China is a key step in this regard.