What is the difference between the Index and Awards?
The Index and Awards are two different LGBT+ programmes with separate aims and processes. The Index provides an in-depth analysis of an organisation’s LGBT+ workplace inclusion practices and initiatives, benchmarking its progress with other organisations. To achieve this, participating organisations are required to provide responses and supporting evidence for 9 assessment categories and 30 questions.*
In contrast, the Awards’ submission and assessment is less involved and focus only on a few key areas of LGBT+ inclusion. The applications are shortlisted, and a panel of judges (including Community Business, LGBT+ community members and business representatives) then invites the finalists to speak about their work before deciding on the winner, which will be announced at our LGBT+ Inclusion Gala Dinner.
Please refer to the table for a comparison between the Index and the Awards.
What is the LGBT+ Inclusion Gala Dinner?
Community Business’ LGBT+ Inclusion Gala Dinner has become the premier event of its kind and is highly anticipated each year. Held in May to commemorate the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOTB), the Gala Dinner is Community Business’ annual fundraising event, helping to sustain Community Business’ work. The event includes a networking reception and dinner with award ceremony and silent auction. In the year when the Index is also held, the Index results will be revealed as well as the Award winners. Over 300 guests are expected to attend, including business leaders, HR/D&I professionals, LGBT+ opinion leaders, NGOs and community groups, Hong Kong, and regional media.
Table sponsorships are available as well as individual ticket sales. Check out the Gala page here.
Can I get involved in the Awards without making a nomination?
You can show your commitment to LGBT+ inclusion by sponsoring our Awards. We rely on Award sponsorships to sustain this impactful programme. Award sponsors will have branding benefits, be involved in the Award judging panel, enjoy discounts on Gala Dinner tables and present the Award to the winner at the Gala.
How do you choose members of the judging panel from the LGBT+ community?
We select judges carefully from our community partners and known contacts. Do you know someone who you think would make a great addition to our judging panel or to our network? Get in touch.
Why is the Index only conducted every two years?
To give organisations sufficient time to make progress on their LGBT+ inclusion strategies.
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
Can I have a copy of the Index questions?
The 2019 Index is available for purchase on our website – this contains the questions asked in 2019. 2020 LGBT+ Index questions will be released to participating organisations once they confirm their participation.
What kind of supporting information do I have to provide for the Awards or Index?
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.
If my organisation is making an Index submission, do we still have to nominate for the Awards?
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.
How do I find out more?
Please email Adrienne Davis, LGBT+ Programme Manager at
Adrienne.email@example.com or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The number of categories and questions may vary with each iteration of the Index, as the standard is raised while maintaining similarity to facilitate tracking of progress.
Note 1: SMEs are defined as:
· Manufacturing firms which employ fewer than 100 persons in Hong Kong; or
· Non-manufacturing firms (including firms engaged in construction; mining; quarrying; electricity and gas; import and export; wholesaling; retailing; catering; hotel; transport; warehouse; insurance; real estate; business service; community, social personal service) which employ fewer than 50 persons in Hong Kong.
For the purpose of this Index, we also allow branch or subsidiary companies of global organisations with less than 50 employees based in Hong Kong to choose to participate in the SME version. This is in recognition that some global or international organisations have a very small or recently set up a presence in Hong Kong and therefore expecting the same level of maturity or sophistication around LGBT+ inclusion may not be realistic.
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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