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In this report

Multinational companies even more so than governments and human rights organisations are at the forefront of exporting the celebration of diversity and inclusion of the LGBT community to parts of the world where being gay remains illegal.

Risks abound as companies export their pride globally

People dance as they attend a 'Pink Dot' event in Hong Kong on September 20, 2015.
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Employers have a duty to ensure staff are not held back


Do gay, lesbian, bisexual or transsexual business leaders have an obligation to be out?

LGBT champions come in many stripes

Authentic and empathetic leaders populate all three rankings

Top straight allies who champion LGBT rights

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg leads ranking

Aritha Wickramasinghe, Rica Paras, Morgana Bailey and Mark McBride-Wright

Future bosses inspire others

The list of the most inspiring young leaders is more diverse than that of the top executives

Winning wars is easier with well-led and diverse teams

Army’s operations chief says LGBT personnel raise UK’s fighting ability

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Mx matters as much as Lord, Prof, Ms, Mr

How companies choose to treat their trans employees affects moral and commercial success

Gay men dominate the conversation

Difference in approach suggests lack of cohesion in community

The Great British Bakeoff- Picture Shows: Mel Giedroyc, Mary Berry, Sue Perkins, Paul Hollywood - (C) Love Productions

Why ‘Bake Off’ wins by mixing ingredients

TV is years ahead of film in how it depicts LGBT lives


The rankings were decided by a panel of seven judges from business, academia and journalism


Companies chase ‘return on equality’

Inclusive cultures boost staff productivity and recruitment, but many organisations fall short of the mark

Bullying belies LGBT-friendly policies

Equality is not about box-ticking and having a policy. It requires leadership on the ground

No laughing matter: industry is slow to entertain change

Hollywood is not as LGBT-friendly as it appears

Opposing gay marriage cost tech leader his job

Some in the LGBT community fear the incident may have infringed the right to speak one’s mind

The 100 out and proud heroes of the business world

Burberry’s Bailey, first gay FTSE 100 CEO, tops the list

Branson, a decades-long LGBT ally, heads rankings

OUTstanding Allies: the friends, colleagues and employers who make it their duty to create safe, inclusive workplaces

Meet the influentials

Being a leader means being authentic


Gay or straight, talented people will shine if they can be themselves

Organisations from Goldman Sachs to the Church of England are waking up to the need to challenge outdated prejudices

In an open culture, no one need fear the ‘wife’ question

A gay-friendly organisation starts at the top

‘LGBT leaders are making a huge difference’

Suki Sandhu, founder of the OUTstanding in Business campaign, explains the need to champion diversity

Who’s who: Top 50 OUTstanding in Business List

Leaders from across the corporate world who stood up to be counted and act as inspirational role models

The challenge is to find the best

Statistics suggest gay people are better educated and more likely to be in managerial roles than the general population

Global reach: Corporates take the lead where 29 US states have yet to follow

Multinationals that promote equal opportunity can make a difference but must respect other cultures