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IBM tops list again as ‘World’s Most Gay-friendly Company’

Gary Hart October 31, 2015

Workplace Pride publishes 2015 Global Benchmark results.

WEB.600For the second year in a row, IBM has been named the world’s most LGBT-inclusive (Lesbian, Gay Bisexual and Transgender) employer by Amsterdam-based Workplace Pride Foundation.

The announcement is the result of the Foundation’s 2015 Global Benchmark survey in which twenty-one major employers were scored for their LGBT workplace inclusion policies and practices around the world.

Together, these organisations represent 2.4 million employees in over 100 countries worldwide.

Top 10 employers as scored against the 100% of the Global Benchmark include:

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%

Harry van Dorenmalen, IBM Europe, General Manager BeNeLux, said: “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 “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”

Organisations taking part in the survey for the second year scored an average of 10.25% higher than last year with regard to creating LGBT-inclusive policies and practices.

Top 5 improved employers compared to the 2014 Benchmark:

1. Nautdutilh: (NL)     26.49%

2. Sodexo: (FR)           17.14%

3. ING: (NL)                12.42%

4. Shell: (NL)              12.27%

5. Randstad: (NL)       9.93%

The Global Benchmark was first published in 2014 as an annually recurring survey allowing participants to track their progress annually.

It has been developed under the leadership of Workplace Pride, with the support of the University of Leiden, and major employers from several different countries. The Benchmark represents the ideal of LGBT workplace inclusion around the world and is designed to provide management the data to measure, and improve, LGBT workplace inclusion in their organisations, wherever they are.

NGO partners for the Global Benchmark include: PrideInDiversity (Australia), ILGA Europe (EU), L’Autre Cercle (France), COC (Netherlands), PROUT at Work (Germany), EDGE (Italy), Parks (Italy), Sullivan (Kenya), The Rainbow Tick (New Zealand), Diversity Pro (Slovakia), Parea (Suriname).