Getting to Equal: Visible Growth, Invisible Fears

On the surface, LGBT+ employees in many parts of the world have progressed in the workplace. But our global research reveals that underneath this success, they are experiencing unseen challenges and privately held fears at work that are hindering their ability to thrive. More than half (57%) of LGBT+ employees believe their gender identity and expression or their sexual orientation has slowed their progress at work. And shockingly, only 14% of LGBT+ employees feel fully supported by their employer when it comes to issues like welcoming those who identify as LGBT+.

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Visible growth; Invisible fears. Getting to equal 2020: Pride

Be yourself!

Under the slogan “Bring your authentic self to work” we actively support the LGBT*IQ community. We promote a working environment where everyone can be themselves – regardless of sexual orientation.

LGBT*IQ employees, together with colleagues from human resources and management, create various initiatives fostering our open culture.

  • An international network of LGBT*IQ allies stands up for the rights of LGBT*IQ members and equality
  • Our PRIDE Network includes 1,157 allies in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia
  • We are a founding member and on the advisory board of Prout@Work, a foundation to promote LGBT*IQ diversity in the workplace
  • After 2018 and 2019, there are also three strong role models of Accenture among Germany’s Top 100 Out Executives and Germany’s Top 50 LGBT+ Voices in 2020
  • Accenture was awarded with the 2018 "Global LGBT*IQ Network Award" for our Pride-and-Allies network
"For us, equality is not a question, but an essential part of the answer. The principles of diversity and respect for the individual are given."

— Marc Mellone, LGBT Lead Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Russia

Equality is non-negotiable

We live a corporate culture of equality, in which everyone has the right to be their true authentic self.


50 years of Pride at Accenture

Watch more videos from our Pride Celebrations and Pridespectives profiles.


The partnership for LGBT*IQ equality

We are proud to work with our partners to implement the UN LGBT*IQ standards.


The lack of visible LGBT+ women in the workplace

Megan Cross, UK Pride Network Co-Lead, raises the question why there aren't more visible LGBT+ women leaders in the workforce.


50 years of pride

See how we are celebrating 50 years of progress.

The partnership for global LGBTI equality

How companies can implement the UN standards of conduct.

What does pride mean?

Our people share what pride means.

I am visible

Our transgender employees share who they are.

Equality strengthens innovation

Our Getting to Equal 2019 report shows that a strong culture of equality helps LGBT*IQ employees in their personal growth. Such a culture of equality also drives innovation and creates a working environment that makes a difference.

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90%

of LGBT*IQ employees want to be innovative

7x

stronger: the willingness to innovate among LGBT*IQ employees working in a culture of equality

20x

higher career satisfaction among LGBT*IQ employees if the working environment is right

50%

of LGBT*IQ employees strive for a leadership position

2x

faster (than usual): LGBT*IQ employees rise to managerial level or higher if their company fosters a supportive and equal environment

3x

faster (than usual): LGBT*IQ employees become managers if they work in an organisation with a culture of equality

Why equality is so important

Who better than our own employees to explain how important it is to have an inclusive and open-minded working environment that encourages authenticity.

Juliane Preßler

"Openly showing that you can be queer and successful at the same time – this is how we encourage others to stand up for themselves.“ Find out more.

Stephan Gellrich

"Everyone is an individual with the right to develop freely. That's how we work at Accenture and, as a manager, it's important to lead by example." Find out more.

Timona Borhanuddin

"Feeling safe and valued – that's essential for successful teamwork. This is precisely the atmosphere we create at Accenture." Find out more.

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Awards and recognition

We aspire to be the employer of choice for the most innovative talents. That's why we promote diversity in all its forms – but diversity only works when it goes hand in hand with equality and inclusion.

AWARDED

1st place in the Refinitiv Diversity & Inclusion Index

Top spot for two consecutive years

AWARDED

5th place in DiversityInc's Top 50 Companies for Diversity

For 14 consecutive years

AWARDED

1st place in the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion Index

For the third consecutive year

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