Our impact

Since we were established in 2015, we have been focused on making a difference to LGBT+ communities around the world. We are making real and measurable impact on local LGBT+ rights movements in various countries and regions, with a particular focus on challenging markets where anti-LGBT+ sentiment is prevalent.

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Through our Research Program, we have produced reports that have been seen millions of times and used to support key LGBT+ rights victories.

  • Activists in India, Taiwan and Uganda used our research to advocate for LGBT+ rights.

  • In Kenya, our research framed LGBT+ inclusion as an economic issue in national media and fueled a new dimension of advocacy.

Through our Global Influencer Program, we have put the economic case for LGBT+ rights on the agendas of high-profile platforms.

  • The Vatican

  • World Economic Forum at Davos

  • The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting

  • European Parliament

  • UN LGBTI Core Group

  • UN Business and Human Rights Forum

  • Equal Right Commission

  • IDAHOT events in London and New York

  • South by Southwest (SXSW)

  • The Economist Pride & Prejudice Executive Dialogues

Through our Local Influencer Program, we have convened hundreds of business leaders from challenging markets to discuss LGBT+ inclusion, including Brazil, Bulgaria, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Kenya, Singapore and South Africa.

I think Open For Business is a great initiative: It has become the conscience of the business community. It has been able to let businesses see why LGBT+ inclusion is important.
— Bisi Alimi, Bisi Alimi Foundation
Open For Business is very unique – it was founded by companies that know LGBT+ inclusion is a factor of growth, so what Open For Business can do is raise this awareness all over the world.
— Jej Perfekcyjność, Pro Diversity Foundation, Poland
Open For Business is a good thing because it brings together activists who are on the front line around the world with business leaders who have the power to actually make a difference.
— Pamela Adie, All Out
This report should be mandatory reading material for all governments.
— Richard Branson, Virgin
Open For Business provides a platform for people like us to share our voices and also it coordinates a coalition of big businesses who have interest in shaping the world around LGBT+ issues.
— Ifeanyi Orazulike, ICARH, Nigeria
It is thrilling to see so many companies come together to make such a powerful statement about extending business influence to ensure that LGBT+ people all over the world are treated with dignity, respect, and equality.
— President Bill Clinton, CGI
Open For Business is ground-breaking and the engagement of the global business community in promoting LGBT+ equality across the globe is the vibrant dimension in our new diplomacy.
— Lord Michael Cashman, APPG on Global LGBT+ Rights

If you would like to find out more information on what we have achieved thus far, especially our work in the countries and regions outlined above, please get in touch with our Global Program Director Drew Keller at drew.keller@open-for-business.org.