Supporting LGBTQI+ Rights

COVID-19 has fueled a recession for women. BSR recommends six actions for companies to incorporate a gender lens on recovery efforts.
LGBTQ refugees and asylum seekers around the world are fleeing their home countries due to life-threatening persecution and violence. To help LGBTQ refugees integrate into their new communities and prepare for the job market, global businesses collectively committed to provide mentorship opportunities to approximately 1,250 LGBTQ refugees in North America over the next three years.
I have vivid memories, from the years I spent working on social impact in-house for big business, of scrambling for Board or Exec report around this time. ‘Please summarise the key social impact trends and the effects on business’, was the exam question. This year, I thought I would do the same for you. Feel free to borrow, comment and add your own.
Gender Based Violence (GBV) affects 1 in 3 women globally and has been referred to by the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres as a political ‘global pandemic’ and ‘a mark of shame on all our societies’. A new Business Fights Poverty toolkit has been published to help companies tackle violence and harassment and domestic violence. These two forms of violence can affect employees full and equal participation in the workforce.

What do we mean by "LGBTQI+"?

Learn how supporting LGBTQI+ rights and access can lead to more inclusive societies and enhance the overall human rights landscape.

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