Now Reading
IBM tops global ranking of LGBT inclusive employers

IBM tops global ranking of LGBT inclusive employers

Harry van Dorenmanlen (far right), IBM Europe, General Manager BeNeLux, with IBM colleagues at the Workplace Pride Leadership Awards

For a second year running, IBM has been judged to be the world most LGBT-friendly employer by the Netherlands-based LGBT employee advocacy group, Workplace Pride Foundation.

This is the second year that Workplace Pride has produced its annual Global Benchmark survey. Its 2015 survey examined 21 of the world’s biggest organizations. Between them, they have 2.4 million employees in 100 countries.

The results were announced last night at Workplace Pride’s fourth, annual Leadership Awards ceremony, at the W Hotel in Amsterdam.

Participation in the survey was free of charge and companies that wanted to be considered had to provide answers to detailed questionnaires concerning their LGBTI-inclusive policies and procedures.

The top ten employers, and their respective scores, were as follows:

  1. IBM: (US) 87.22%
  2. BNP Paribas: (FR) 85.34%
  3. Shell: (NL) 84.95%
  4. Dow: (US) 80.76%
  5. Cisco: (US) 70.32%
  6. Daimler: (DE) 66.10%
  7. KPN: (NL) 63.44%
  8. ING: (NL) 63.07%
  9. Sodexo: (FR) 60.30%
  10. PostNL: (NL) 59.15%

‘In this time of growing awareness of LGBT topics around the world, IBM is proud to play a role in raising the bar for more inclusive workplaces,’ said Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM Europe, General Manager BeNeLux in a statement.

‘IBM and its peers taking part in the Global Benchmark want our employees to be able to be themselves, and enable them to thrive, not matter where they work.’

This is not the first time IBM has scored well on diversity indexes. It has consistently scored the top ranking of 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index, and came second in Ireland’s first Workplace Equality Index last month.

It featured in this year’s Australian Pride in Diversity top 20 and was one of the company’s to take part in China’s first LGBT job fair in April.

In the US, it has spoken out this year in support of a federal Equality Act and was one of the businesses to lobby the US Supreme Court in support of same-sex marriage.

Workplace Pride developed its Global Benchmark in collaboration with researchers at the University of Leiden, as well as several NGO. These include PrideInDiversity (Australia), ILGA Europe (EU), L’Autre Cercle (France) and EDGE (Italy), among others.

The Global Benchmark was partly created so that companies could track their progress in the area of LGBTI diversity and inclusion, and Workplace Pride says that those organization that took part in the survey in both 2014 and 2015 showed, on average, a 10.25% higher score this year.

It said that the five biggest improvers were as follows:

  1. Nautdutilh: (NL) (26.49% improvement)
  2. Sodexo: (FR) (17.14% improvement)
  3. ING: (NL) (12.42% improvement)
  4. Shell: (NL) (12.27% improvement)
  5. Randstad: (NL) (9.93% improvement)

‘I’m encouraged to see that the average score of participating organizations rose by nearly 10% over last year, which I attribute to better understanding of LGBT inclusion in workplaces around the world, as well as the implementation of concrete changes to policies and practices,’ said David Pollard, Executive Director of Workplace Pride.

‘The Global Benchmark also really reflects the current ‘Zeitgeist’ as governments, employers, the media and societies in general are beginning to understand that homosexuality and gender identity concepts is part of everyday life for millions of people all over the world!’