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.