International companies increasingly recognise the value of inclusive workplaces, where employees feel safe and respected regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The study “Colourful Workplaces? Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Inclusive Multinational Businesses in Kenya” examines how multinational companies translate their often progressive policies on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) diversity into practice in Kenya, where there are legal barriers and stigmatising sociocultural norms.
Hivos supported this research because we think that international companies can contribute importantly to breaking the silence on sexual diversity. By opening up space to discuss diversity and LGBT-rights, and by recognising and supporting LGBT persons within their companies, they send an important message that goes beyond the work-floor.
As a supporter of LGBT-rights for over twenty years, Hivos believes that international companies can become important allies in global endeavours to create a world in which LGBT persons are no longer ignored, stigmatised and discriminated against, but instead are recognised and respected.
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