If I have already submitted for the Awards, do I still have to submit for the Index to enter?
Yes. The Index and the Awards are two different programmes with two sets of submission and assessment processes. Joining one does not automatically sign you in for the other. You will have to submit separate entries, and the results of one will not impact the other.
My organisation is at an early stage and would like to learn about best practice and audit our internal work in LGBT+ inclusion, but we are not prepared to have our results announced publicly. How can we participate?
Organisations can choose to participate anonymously if they are not sure of how well they will do or to use the Index to assess their progress. Their participation, ranking and/or standard achieved will remain confidential unless the organisation is one of our top 10 companies.
Will my organisation’s internal information appear in the Index Report?
The information that your organisation will submit for the Index will be kept confidential unless it is public information, or we receive explicit, written permission to include your information as a best practice example in our report. The Index Report mainly showcases the overall trends and performance and will not attribute results to any specific participants. While we also include best practices from participating organisations, we will seek their consent before publishing these findings.
What kind of supporting information do I have to provide?
Essentially anything that can support your submission or nomination. For example, this could be an extract from your employee handbook, pictures from your internal events or a description explaining the work that has been done. Each question in the Index will describe whether and what kind of supporting information is required.
What do Gold, Silver and Bronze Standards mean?
Community Business reviews the distribution of scores and assigns Gold, Silver and Bronze Standards to participating organisations. Whilst the number of points needed to achieve each Standard will not be published, it will be kept fairly consistent with previous iterations to allow more direct comparison. The percentages of organisations achieving each of the standards set by Community Business are illustrated in the below graph.
Do we need to be supporters of Community Business to score well on the Index?
No, Community Business does not require organisations to make financial contributions to us in order to perform well in the Index. Community Business has a robust methodology to ensure objectivity in the Index assessments.
If an organisation supports any local LGBT+ programmes and events that are run by not-for-profits, including Community Business, this will be recognised under the COMMUNITY & ADVOCACY category in the Index Assessment.
Can I have a copy of the Index questions?
The 2019 Index questions are available for purchase on our website via the 2019 LGBT+ Inclusion report. 2020 LGBT+ Index questions will be released to participating organisations once they confirm their participation.
What are the previous index results?
Click to see the results for 2015, 2017 and 2019 Index.
Please refer to the 2021 Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index & Awards page for more information. Contact us for any enquiries.
The Hong Kong LGBT+ Inclusion Index and Awards and the India LGBT+ Pre-Index and Inclusion Index are part of Community Business’ Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT+ Employees Campaign - aimed at raising awareness of LGBT+ as an important business issue and encouraging companies in Asia to adopt best practice in terms of promoting workplace equality for their lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) employees. Unauthorised use of any of these initiatives, including copying, republishing, reprinting, recreating (in whole or in part) is prohibited without Community Business’ prior written permission.
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