The Coalition

Each of the companies that make up Open For Business has a deep-rooted position on diversity, and have been vocal supporters of LGBT+ inclusion.


At Accenture, our underlying belief in inclusion and diversity is fundamental to our culture and embedded in our core values. Our inclusive environment welcomes each of our 373,000 employees, regardless of ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability. We know the rich diversity of our employees makes our company stronger, smarter and more innovative and helps us better serve the needs of our clients and our communities. At the same time, we strive to create an environment where all of our people can be successful, both professionally and personally, where they can thrive in a workplace of fairness and equal treatment and where our LGBT employees across the globe can feel comfortable, be themselves and, as a result, be inspired.


As a global company, it is vital to our success that our employees are as diverse as the customers and communities we serve. American Express has built a diverse workforce and an inclusive workplace, and we foster a culture where differences are valued and expressed freely and all employees have the support they need to take risks, learn, and collaborate.


Big ambitions, big ideas, big opportunities. AT&T is a place where people from all walks of life and all kinds of backgrounds have the support they need to break down barriers and move our world forward. Each day, more than 280,000 of us bring our unique perspectives, skills and ideas to our work—so that together, we can lead the way toward a brighter future for everyone.


At Barclays, we are passionate about creating a working environment that enables employees to be themselves. Diversity and the active development of a positive climate of inclusion are embedded into our goal of becoming the bank of choice for our LGBT customers, colleagues and stakeholders. With our network of over 130,000 employees across more than 40 countries we take an active role in addressing the needs and challenges of the communities we serve.


At BCG, we’re passionate about diversity. It is fundamental to our success that we accept, value, and incorporate the contribution of people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Diversity of thought, expertise, experience, and background is crucial to creating an environment in which creative tensions exist and new ideas emerge.


At Brunswick we believe that businesses must deliver social value alongside financial value, and that global businesses are in a position to drive progress – demonstrating how open, diverse and inclusive workplaces are good for business, good for employees and good for the economies in which they operate.


Empowering employees and promoting fair employment practices across our business has always been a key focus area. We are committed to supporting diversity, ensuring equal opportunities and nurturing and rewarding talent.


We build talented and diverse teams to drive business results. Talent comes from all cultures, countries, races, genders, sexual orientations, abilities, beliefs, generations, backgrounds and experiences. We create respectful and inclusive environments where people can thrive. Inclusion and diversity help Deutsche Bank strengthen relationships with our clients, our partners, and the communities in which we operate.


At Diageo we believe that creating an inclusive culture that values diversity is not only the right thing to do, but that it makes good business sense. We know that for our business to thrive we depend on having diverse talent with a range of backgrounds, skills and capabilities in each of the 180 countries in which we operate and that our employees must reflect our broad consumer base – and that of course includes LGBT+ people. Our values, purpose and standards set the conditions for us to respect the unique contribution each person brings.


Empowering employees and promoting fair employment practices across our business has always been a key focus area. We are committed to supporting diversity, ensuring equal opportunities and nurturing and rewarding talent.

At EY, our diverse, inclusive and borderless teams are key to delivering exceptional client service and meeting our clients’ specific needs in their local markets. As a global organization, adding differing voices and viewpoints helps make sure we don’t stifle creativity and lose our competitive advantage.


At Google we believe that inclusion and diversity is good business, and so we work hard to ensure we have a culture that welcomes everyone. We oppose all laws that enable or encourage discrimination and we’ve been steadfast in our efforts to eliminate discrimination against the LGB&T community.


We do not think about inclusion and diversity as a project to be managed, an initiative or an awareness campaign. One of our core values is Respect for People and we aim to put inclusion and diversity at the heart of everything we do, making it part of the fabric of our company. By creating an environment where everyone’s voice is heard and each person is able to achieve their full potential, we believe we will perform better as a company.


IBMers around the world work in an environment where diversity—including diversity of thought—is the norm. Our diversity is reflective of the global marketplace and is integral to our corporate character. We believe it’s what we do together that sets us apart.


At Inditex we are firmly committed to cultivate and preserve a strong culture of diversity, inclusion and collaboration. With more than 150,000 employees and over 7,000 stores throughout the world, we continuously seek for talent with a respectful and passionate approach towards responsible fashion. We highly value each individual’s contribution and strive to create a work environment in which we celebrate and encourage freedom of expression and individuality.


We empower our people to be themselves and respect others – its core to our values and what we believe in. This inclusiveness is something we have lived and breathed throughout our history. We cultivate a sense of belonging for all, regardless of gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, race and ethnic background, disability, religion, beliefs or age. It’s this inclusiveness that fosters our collaborative nature and fuels our success in over 150 countries. We believe in a future where everyone feels included, no matter where they work or live, and diversity is embraced, because we believe a future of inclusion is a better future for all.


At LinkedIn our long-term vision is to create economic opportunity for the global workforce, and inclusion and diversity are key to making this happen. We want to challenge each other to make the world in which we work a more inclusive place.


Creating a diverse and inclusive culture is a key business challenge. Being a global organisation means much more than having offices around the world. If we are to be the leading global law firm, we have to have a team that reflects the cultures and values of the communities in which we work.


We believe diversity of thought and talent is the heart of innovation. Our inclusive culture is about more than simply having a diverse workforce. It’s about using our employees’ diverse experiences and perspectives to drive real business impact and make meaningful contributions to society.


Diversity and inclusion is not a program at McKinsey, it’s not an effort or a department. It’s who we are and what we respect. At McKinsey, much of our days are spent in teams—it’s a big part of our culture. We’ve learned that the recipe for a successful team includes lots of different people, perspectives, backgrounds, and ideas.


At Microsoft our vision is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to do more and achieve more, so we strive to create an environment that help us leverage the diversity of our people to generate ideas and solutions to meet the needs of our increasingly global and diverse customer base. We are widely recognized as a pioneer in the area of diversity and were one of the first global companies to include sexual orientation in its corporate non-discrimination policy.


At PwC, we respect and value differences. We know that when people from different backgrounds and with different points of view work together, we create the most value – for our clients, our people and society. PwC is committed to creating an inclusive workplace where everyone can succeed in achieving his or her personal and professional goals. An inclusive workplace enables us to embrace the diversity and richness of backgrounds and perspectives of our people, and to leverage their diverse talents to arrive at winning business solutions.


We are an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity, and we prohibit discrimination. We recruit, hire, develop, promote, discipline and provide conditions of employment without regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other category protected by law.


Our approach to diversity and inclusion is fundamental to who we are as an organisation, and a key aspect of our brand promise, Here for good. As an international bank, we have a naturally diverse workforce. This provides us with a strong competitive advantage, enabling us to understand better the needs of those who bank with us.


Tesco is a global company with 480,000 employees and suppliers all around the world. People choose to shop and work with us because we aim to reflect the community we serve. In order to offer the best service to our customers and make those working with us welcome, each of us needs to be aware of our differences and to respect those of others around us. That’s why we cultivate a working environment where you can bring yourself to work regardless of your sexual orientation.


Diversity and Inclusion – it’s who we are and how we do business. It helps us attract, develop and retain the widest range of talent to meet our clients’ ever-evolving needs. Our customers are from a broad range of geographical and cultural backgrounds. To partner with them, develop new ideas and solve their complex challenges, we embrace diversity of thought, style, experience and approach.


We’re committed to ensuring that Virgin is an inclusive place to work, where differences are celebrated and our people can be themselves and feel at “home” at Virgin. We recognize that an inclusive culture that brings together the right group of people who mirror the wonderful diversity of our world and who can promote diversity of thought is good for business. We have the desire to make a positive difference to people’s lives through changing business for good, so we create an environment where all people can thrive – because of who they are, not in spite of it.


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