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Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT+ Employees

Focus Area | Tackling Workplace Inequality
Launched in 2008, Community Business ‘Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT+ Employees’ Campaign has been a long-term and sustained effort designed to encourage and support companies to put LGBT+ inclusion firmly on their corporate agenda.

Our Commitment

Sexual orientation and gender identity have long been taboo subjects in Asia, poorly understood and rarely openly discussed in wider society – let alone in the workplace.  With strong cultural and social pressures to conform and live up to family expectations, lack of recognition of same-sex partnerships and little legal protections, the LGBT+ community face challenges in many aspects of personal and professional life and many conceal their identity and lead dual lives.

As a thought leader in diversity and inclusion and a champion of change, we at Community Business saw the opportunity to take the lead in raising awareness and educating the corporate sector on this issue. As a result, back in 2008 we embarked on a ‘Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT+ Employees’ Campaign.

Over the last decade or so we have championed the need for greater LGBT+ inclusion, publishing research, providing resources and training, celebrating progress and best practice and advocating for wider social change. Whilst our work extends across Asia – to China, India, Japan and Singapore, our focus has been on Hong Kong and where we have seen the greatest progress and success. Today, this campaign has become firmly part of our ongoing commitment to tackling inequality in the workplace.  

Campaign Objectives

  • Raise awareness of LGBT+ inclusion as a business issue
  • Increase understanding of LGBT+ issues from an Asian perspective
  • Encourage and support companies to create inclusive workplaces for their LGBT+ employees in Asia
  • Advocate for positive change in wider society

Key Activities

Key Partners

Contact Us

For more information about Creating Inclusive Workplaces for LGBT+ Employees, please get in touch with the team.