New Report: Channels of Influence


Taking action on LGBT+ inclusion in the public sphere is difficult. These actions need to be responsible for the company’s brand, clients and employees, and they need to be grounded in local realities of LGBT+ people on the ground. Our new report provides this guidance for action, produced alongside the UN and their Standards of Conduct for Business.

Open, inclusive and diverse societies are better for business and better for economic growth. 

The Open For Business reports present the evidence base that supports this: demonstrating that businesses thrive in tolerant societies and that the spread of anti-LGBT+ policies runs counter to the interests of business and economic development.

The economic and business case identifies 27 propositions that show LGBT+ inclusion goes hand-in-hand with increased economic performance, business performance, and individual performance. These propositions are supported by hundreds of academic studies, business reports, data sets, and expert opinions. Explore the propositions below.


The Open For Business report brings together a broad base of research undertaken from different perspectives and with different geographical foci, and identifies themes that are globally relevant.


Special Focus

Our Special Focus reports expand on the economic and business case by providing in-depth analysis on certain regions, topics, or industries. The purpose of these reports is to provide targeted evidence for civil society leaders, business leaders, and others to make specific, high-impact arguments in support of LGBT+ inclusion.

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Marriage for same-sex couples can help Taiwan develop its economic competitiveness and facilitate an environment for companies to thrive. Particularly, the freedom to marry and LGBT+ inclusion can help Taiwan to shift to high-value industries and foster innovation; slow the economic losses that may result from demographic shifts; and help companies perform better as a result of their commitment to inclusion and diversity.



LGBT+ inclusion is a key ingredient for sustained economic growth in Kenya. LGBT+ discrimination costs the country 1.7% of GDP per year, mainly through unequal health outcomes, inefficient allocation of human capital and lost tourism revenue. A focus on LGBT+ inclusion can boost Kenya’s cities, start-up ecosystems and help the country reach its Vision 2030 goals. Inclusive companies in Kenya also perform better, as evidence in the report shows.



LGBT+ inclusive cities are more economically competitive. This special focus report identifies the driving factors behind this trend, provides case studies on cities around the world focused on LGBT+ inclusion, and launches the Open For Business City Ratings.

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