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PRIDE at Work:

How to Build a SOGIE Inclusive Workplace

As we celebrate PRIDE month, we wish to amplify movements and advocacies that center on the LGBTQ+ communities. To start, we take you to the recent developments in workplace diversity and inclusion in the context of SOGIE.

SOGIE or sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are important elements in diversity, inclusion, and equality. In May 2022, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) World Business Pride announced a momentous partnership with the Open for Business coalition, where they aim to push LGBTQIA inclusion in the workplace.

Welcoming various SOGIE at work

ICC Chief of Staff and WBP Co-sponsor Quinlan Carthane acknowledges the importance of this milestone. “This partnership with Open for Business is a significant opportunity to progress our shared commitment to inclusive economies with insightful analyses, best practices, and safe spaces for engaged discussion among business leaders capable of shaping working cultures to welcome and support diverse talent,” says Carthane. 

Echoing this statement, the International Labour Organization (ILO) also published a learning guide on the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons in the world of work. The publication imparts knowledge on initiating and fostering inclusive environments for all. It is also a response to the violence, harassment, stigma, and discrimination faced by the queer community all over the world. “LGBTIQ+ workers are often denied opportunities throughout all stages of the employment cycle,” a quote extracted from the ILO publication.

The Challenge for Leaders

In revolutionizing the workplace and creating a welcoming environment for all, a specific responsibility is given to new leaders–be at the forefront of embracing diversity and inclusion. There is talent and innovation to be harnessed from a diverse team, and leaders have the power to ensure representation at work.

Elevate Your DEI Programs

Understanding LGBTQ Employment Discrimination

In this quick video,  Marina Gorsuch shares the results of her studies on discrimination in the context of employment and labor outcomes.  Marina is a microeconomist whose body of work centers on social inequalities. She looks at labor market outcomes based on sex and race. 

Inclusion: Diversity, The New Workplace & The Will To Change by Jennifer Brown

In the book, Jennifer Brown envisions a future where everyone in the workplace feels welcome. The book encourages corporations to embrace all their employees, achieving success and growth in the process. You can also listen to her interview at Talks at Google.


Unlocking Manager Dilemmas Towards Inclusivity

In collaboration with The Centre for Global Inclusion, Deepa Agarwal, the Chief Inclusion Officer of Re-Link Consulting, is sharing her expertise in DEI, helping company leaders move towards inclusion. The session is on July 28 and 29, 2022. You may scan the QR codes to register depending on your current location.

EIGE Gender Equality Forum 2022

In this first-ever EIGE Gender Equality Forum, gender equality champions share their expertise in building an economy that works for all genders. The event will be on October 24 and 25, 2022.

Learn more about the event

The Centre for Global Inclusion is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and home of the free Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks: Standards for Organizations Around the World (GDEIB). Its mission is to serve as a resource for research and education for organizations and individuals in their quest to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion practices around the world. Go to

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