Local Influencer Program
We have worked with hundreds of business leaders around the world on building initiatives for LGBT+ inclusive societies. We know that there are C-suite leaders in truly challenging countries for LGBT+ inclusion who understand that inclusion is good for business. We work to provide them with first-rate research and a network of peers to enable them to take action for LGBT+ inclusive societies. Read more about our footprint and focus geographies below.
Additionally, read how we work with our coalition partners to support civil society and act in the public sphere to advance LGBT+ rights here.
A Truly Global Focus
Our coalition partners have operations in over 150 countries around the world. We use that geographic footprint to convene networks of business leaders, who then become empowered champions for LGBT+ inclusion. We have begun building action-oriented networks of business leaders challenging countries all over the world. In doing so, we have proven a safe and responsible model for businesses to begin engaging on LGBT+ inclusion in a truly global way.
Our coalition partners have convened local business leaders to discuss how to take action on LGBT+ inclusion in South Africa and Kenya. We have initiated a long-term program in Kenya to build research and create business champions for LGBT+ inclusion.
We have worked with business leaders across Asia Pacific. Our coalition partners have had two roundtables of business leaders in Hong Kong, have built a self-sustaining network focused on disseminating LGBT+ inclusion best practices in Singapore, and partnered with the Economist and UNDP on Executive Dialogues in India.
We have partnered with the UNDP in Bangkok to create a regional program, focused on building research and business champions across Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, China and India.
We have worked closely with our partner WeAreOpen, based in Budapest, to engage business leaders on LGBT+ inclusion in Hungary and Bulgaria. In 2018, we hosted a roundtable with Hungarian CEOs and WeAreOpen to add to our Channels of Influence research.
Latin America and the Caribbean
Our coalition partners have convened networks of business leaders in Brazil and tourism leaders in the Caribbean, most recently in Barbados.
Kenya has one of the most robust economies in Africa. It also still outlaws consensual same-sex acts. We are working with coalition partners in the region to present the economic rationale for being more LGBT+ inclusive and to create a business voice in support of openness and inclusion. Our Program Director based in Nairobi leads this program.
We are partnering with UNDP’s Being LGBTI in Asia Program to create a Local Influencer Program with a regional focus on Asia. In 2019, we will collaborate on a regional economic and business case and bring together initial networks of business executives in six priority countries: Thailand, the Philippines, Cambodia, Vietnam, China and India.
Acting in the Public Sphere: Supporting Local Campaigns
In addition to our long-term programs, we also organize collective action from our coalition partners to support LGBT+ rights movements around the world. A few of our recent and ongoing campaigns include the following.
We are currently helping to encourage our coalition partners to support a viewpoint put forward by the American Chamber of Commerce in Japan outlining the business benefits of marriage equality. Working with LLAN and Marriage for All Japan, we are identifying additional corporations to support Japan’s movement for marriage equality.
We worked with Tongzhi (LGBT) Hotline Association and the Taiwan Marriage Equality Coalition on their campaign for marriage equality in Taiwan. We wrote a short brief on the economic rationale for marriage equality and worked with our coalition partners to lend their support to the statement.
In April 2019, Brunei implemented a penal code that criminalizes same-sex acts with death by stoning. We quickly reached out to civil society partners in the region to get their input on how the private sector can support their efforts. We created a guidance note for our coalition partners to communicate the situation to employees and with clear suggested actions. Many of our coalition partners used this knowledge to act internally and externally. Many removed the Sultanate of Brunei’s hotels from their supplier lists.
We are working with coalition partners to organize a roundtable in Costa Rica with the Marriage Campaign Costa Rica to determine how the private sector can support their efforts for marriage equality.