How Multinationals Can Help Advance LGBT Inclusion Around the World

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08/15/2019

As the rainbow flags come down in New York City after the WorldPride and Stonewall 50 celebrations, and as flags go up for pride events in other parts of the world, it’s worth asking: where do we stand on global LGBT rights? This year has offered a mixed bag. More jurisdictions, including Ecuador and Taiwan, have achieved marriage equality while others have stalled or regressed. Kenya’s High Court upheld a law punishing same-sex intercourse with up to 14 years in prison, and Chechnya renewed a wave of persecution and human rights abuses against LGBT people. Across this inconsistent global landscape, multinational companies with pro-LGBT values face a challenge: How to advance LGBT inclusion when it conflicts with local law or culture. The NYU School of Law’s Center for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging team conducted interviews with 30 individuals from Dow, EY, and Microsoft to understand how three major global organizations approached this issue in a variety of countries, from Brazil to Japan to Saudi Arabia.

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