New database lists LGBT-friendly companies in PH like IBM, Microsoft, Accenture, HSBC

(SPOT.ph) The Inclusive Workplace Project (IWP) has compiled a list of 79 international corporations that are open to hiring members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) community, reports Business World . The project is an effort to localize the global trend of competitive human resource management.

 

According to the project's leader Sass Rogando Sasot, a proponent of the LGBT movement, IWP's website will evaluate companies based on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index, a survey that analyzes equal opportunity policies and practices, and the International Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce list.

 

Included in the list of LGBT-friendly companies so far are IBM, Microsoft, Accenture, Nokia, Motorola, Dell, Avon, Burger King, BNP Paribas, Credit Suisse, Deutsche Bank, Abbot Laboratories Corp., Pfizer, Coca-Cola, HSBC, Hewlett Packard, Merk & Co. Inc., and Thomson Reuters, among others.

 

In addition to the American and European companies already listed, IWP will also compile local companies that welcome talent regardless of sexual orientation. "One of the campaign's objectives is really to have more companies, especially the local ones, adopt a similar SOGIE (sexual orientation and gender identity expression) diversity and equal employment opportunity (D&EEO) policy and also to encourage people to post reviews of whether or not these employers are implementing them," said Sasot.

 

Sasot said that human resources in the Philippines is not strategic, pro-active, or opportunity-driven. "They would rather wait for the law to force them to comply with the principles of equality and non-discrimination," she said. With this in mind, the IWP explicitly cited each company's non-gender-discriminating code of ethics and employment policies in their corporate profiles.

 

For more on this story, log on to BusinessWorld and the IWP website.

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