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20 September, 2016 | (01 hr)

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Research shows that a diverse workforce and inclusive culture can drive better financial performance, innovation, and employee motivation, as well as enhancing companies’ reputation. A Credit Suisse Research Institute study found that shares in companies that support and promote LGBT employees outperform the market.

While Western companies are increasingly realizing the value of inclusive LGBT policies and marketing, a global LGBT strategy must recognize that people in same-sex relationships are outlawed and persecuted in many parts of the world. How do global companies address this tension? What policies are most effective in promoting and protecting the rights and contribution of LGBT colleagues?

Key takeaways:

  • How to build a global LGBT strategy that promotes corporate values of inclusion, while acknowledging different laws and cultural attitudes
  • How to start the LGBT conversation in resistant corporate or national cultures
  • How to use corporate brands and employee networks to advance LGBT rights

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Liz Bingham

Liz Bingham
Managing Partner, Talent, UK & Ireland

Liz is Managing Partner for Talent – UK & Ireland, EY, as well as being a Restructuring partner.

Liz is a passionate advocate for diversity and inclusiveness, determined to create an environment where people from all backgrounds can succeed and flourish. In 20...Full Bio

Mark Mclane

Mark Mclane
Global Head of D&I

Mark McLane is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) for Barclays.  Mark is responsible for driving the global D&I strategy through strategic leadership of business-cluster plans, embedding global agendas to drive effective results, and aligning business metrics to the goa...Full Bio

Marijn Pijnenburg

Marijn Pijnenburg
Business Development and Executive for Diversity and LGBT

Business Development Executive for Workforce Diversity and LGBT Markets for Europe, Middle East and Africa IBM. Marijin provides strategic advisement to IBM customers in traditional and growth markets on how to leverage human capital, diversity, inclusion, LGBT, and collaboration as critical busi...Full Bio

Alison Maitland

Alison Maitland (Moderator)
Senior Fellow, Human Capital
The Conference Board

Alison Maitland is a Senior Fellow in Human Capital at The Conference Board. In addition to serving as a Senior Fellow, Alison is an international writer, speaker, adviser and coach. Her key areas of expertise are: the changing world of work; building inclusive organizations; new models of ...Full Bio

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