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February 13, 2018

Making the Business Case for LGBT+ Inclusion

Davos 2018 panel

LtoR: Inga Beale, CEO, Lloyds; Kim Hammonds, Group COO, Deutsche Bank; Stephanie Linnartz, Global Chief Commercial Officer, Marriott International; Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sander van’t Noordende, Group CEO Products, Accenture

Accepting people for who they are is not just morally right; it is an economic imperative for business success. Successful businesses thrive in inclusive, diverse societies.

The economic case for LGBT+ inclusion continues to grow stronger, with quantifiable evidence presented during the Getting to Equal: The Power of LGBT Inclusive Cities session at the 2018 World Economic Forum in Davos.

The 2018 Open for Business report suggests that LGBT+ inclusive cities are better placed to develop their global competitiveness, as evidence shows they have stronger “innovation ecosystems,” greater concentrations of skills and talent, and better quality of life. LGBT+ inclusive cities are more likely to become globally connected hubs for high-value businesses.

Open for Business is a coalition of 20+ leading companies that are taking a stand on LGBT inclusion. Accenture is proud to be part of this coalition and a sponsor of the report. Inclusion and diversity are fundamental to our culture and core values—it’s what makes our company stronger.

How open is your city?

Major global hubs, from Singapore to Sydney, were given an “Inclusion Score” based on a variety of factors, exploring the connection between LGBT+ inclusion and economic performance. The evidence shows that:

  • Open, inclusive, diverse societies experience better economic growth.

  • LGBT+ inclusive companies are better able to attract and retain talent, innovate, and build customer loyalty and brand strength, leading to stronger financial performance and competitiveness.

  • An open, diverse, inclusive environment can boost productivity and performance for everyone in a work environment, not just LGBT+ individuals.

Accenture’s Chief Marketing Communications Officer Amy Fuller reflects on the Getting to Equal session. Read why she thinks a focus on cities is spot-on.

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