Companies that Offer Thoughtful Support for LGBTQ+ Employees and Communities

Here’s how six companies show – both internally and in the communities around them – that they care about their LGBTQ+ employees and the issues many still face out in the larger world as the human race continues to struggle to prioritize the moral imperative of equality for all.

What sort of ways do you support your LGBTQ+ employees?

At Medallia we believe in our values of All Belong Here, Every Experience Matters and Talent is Everywhere––supporting our LGBTQ+ employees is one element of living those values. Q-Field, Medallia’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG), drive corporate and community initiatives through their mission of serving the Queer community. Q-Field aims to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ Medallians and our Allies to build community, exercise authenticity, and advocate for marginalized identities. In honor of Pride Month each year, we host various events to engage Allies and celebrate together, while amplifying the voices of our LGBTQ+ employees. 2021 was one of our busiest pride months yet where we hosted Zoom happy hours, a drag queen storytime for our mini-Medallians in partnership with the Parents ERG, an environmental justice and climate change conversation with Ang Roell, a queer beekeeper, and so much more. Furthermore, every year as part of Medallia’s ERG Gift Matching Initiative, each community selects a nonprofit organization they want to champion. Q-Field selected The Trevor Project and we are proud to be a bronze-level corporate partner of this fantastic organization that is on the frontline daily supporting the LGBTQ+ community and creating conversations around mental health with queer youth.

How does your company help to support the LGBTQ+ community in general?

In addition to our own Pride Month programming, all year long, we support the life-saving work of The Trevor Project as one of their Bronze Corporate Partners and by fundraising through our annual talent show and Medallia’s gift-matching initiative. Medallia is also a proud sponsor of Lesbians Who Tech & Allies (Not IRL) Pride Summit, where several Medallians have spoken on panels during the Summit. Lastly, for four years in a row, Medallia has scored 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, which is a primary driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion.

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What sort of ways do you support your LGBTQ+ employees?

IBM has a long history of being a leader of LGBTQ+ inclusion, most recently scoring 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the 18th consecutive year. One of IBM’s top priorities is to make every LGBTQ+ IBMer feel empowered to be their authentic self and thrive at work.

IBM has a Global LGBTQ+ Council, formed in the late 1990s, focused on creating a safe and desirable workplace for all people, working with the LGBTQ+ community each year to determine key priorities and set goals such as encouraging IBMers to display their pronouns on the global intranet employee directory and working to ensure all tools and applications use inclusive language.

IBM has weekly LGBTQ+ Community Calls for LGBTQ+ IBMers across the globe to chat, get involved in helping to decide strategic priorities, or just connect with like-minded individuals! IBM also has over 50 LGBTQ+ Business Resource Groups around the world for employees to connect with other local community members, host events, and focus on local LGBTQ+ recruitment and other activities to further LGBTQ+ inclusion at a local level.

IBM has a thriving and engaged transgender community. In 2017, IBM released its whitepaper ‘Gender Transition in the Global Workplace’ detailing the company’s framework for offering comprehensive support to transitioning employees. It’s been incredibly supportive to our transgender employees, facilitating workplace transitions and educating IBMers about our transitioning colleagues and how to be most supportive.

How does your company help to support the LGBTQ+ community in general?

IBM puts a strong focus on public policy advocacy that supports equal rights across the world, helping to secure equal rights protections for the LGBTQ+ community in countries like the U.K., Hungary, Poland, Costa Rica, and Panama, and supporting marriage equality in places like Northern Ireland, Japan, and Taiwan.

In the U.S., IBM has been at the forefront of advocacy to extend essential civil rights protections to the LGBTQ+ community by continuing to publicly support passage of the Equality Act. In addition, working with multiple partners including SAP and the Human Rights Campaign, IBM helped launch the #WorkingPositively initiative for the U.S., which is in 12 other countries, to help end workplace discrimination against employees living with HIV and AIDS.

IBM has also collaborated with global LGBTQ+ organizations like Out & Equal, and not-for-profit foundations like Workplace Pride, to publish an LGBTQ+ report ‘Striving for Authenticity’ on the discrimination many LGBTQ+ people face in the workplace, as well as ways organizations can improve their inclusion efforts and help LGBTQ+ individuals thrive in their careers.

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What sort of ways do you support your LGBTQ+ employees?

GE Power supports the LGBTQAI+ community through the Pride Alliance employee resource group (ERG). The Pride Alliance has a mission to raise awareness on LGBTQAI+ issues as well as create a network and safe environment, free from discrimination. The Pride Alliance has encouraged individuals to share their personal stories, when comfortable. In doing so, this has encouraged others to speak out about their experiences. With more and more examples of everyday struggles people face for merely existing, this ERG helps allies connect and understand on a deeper level how they can support those around them.

How does your company help to support the LGBTQ+ community in general?

By providing a strong and supportive community, the Pride Alliance enables individuals to share issues they face and carry out important dialogues around obtaining support for what they need. GE Power has continued to drive efforts toward equality, raise awareness and provide education, increase participation for allyship events, and develop diverse talent.

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What sort of ways do you support your LGBTQ+ employees?

New hires are informed on day 1 of Pride @Uber, our community group of over 1,000 LGBTQ+ employees and allies globally. We host monthly fireside chats and happy hours with activists, authors, thought leaders, and entertainers. Uber has scored 100 in HRC’s LGBTQ+ Corporate Equality Index for the past 6 years and offers benefits for employees in same-sex relationships, as well as LGBTQ+ specific health and medical support including gender transitioning, and family planning.

How does your company help to support the LGBTQ+ community in general?

Uber advocates for the Right to Pride for all community groups, enabling in-app ‘rainbow routes’ in over 1,000 cities globally, and donating free meals and rides to over 20 LGBTQ+ organizations including the Marsha P Johnson Institute and Trevor Project. Our women rider preference allows female and nonbinary drivers to set a preference for women passengers only, and all customers can explicitly report discrimination of any kind via a dedicated support option.

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What sort of ways do you support your LGBTQ+ employees?

Chipotle celebrates equality and offers a P.R.I.D.E. (People Respecting Inclusivity, Diversity, and Education) employee resource group aimed at fostering a work environment that is inclusive of the LGBTQIA+ community while also attracting, retaining, developing, and celebrating their authenticity. In 2021, Chipotle received a 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, highlighting the best workplaces for LGBTQIA+ equality. The company offers inclusive benefits including equivalency in same- and different-sex spousal and partner medical and soft benefits, and equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care.

How does your company help to support the LGBTQ+ community in general?

Committed to Cultivating A Better World, Chipotle has been a longtime supporter of equality and the LGBTQIA+ community. In 2021, Chipotle featured The Trevor Project in its Round Up for Real Change platform on the Chipotle app and Through this feature, guests could round up their order to the next dollar amount. The program raised over $400,000 for The Trevor Project. The brand also celebrated LGBTQIA+ culture in 2021 with a Queen of Pride competition featuring Trixie Mattel, Kim Chi, and Gottmik’s go-to Chipotle orders on the Chipotle app and, with a portion of proceeds from each entrée purchase benefiting the LGBTQIA+ charity of each queen’s choice. The program benefitted Trans Lifeline, Human Rights Campaign, and GLAA while shining a light on the vibrant, inclusive drag community.

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What sort of ways do you support your LGBTQ+ employees?

LGBTQ+ diversity, equity, and inclusion (‘DE&I’) are central to BCG’s culture with support from the highest levels including our CEO.

Among its many offerings, managed by a global team inc. dedicated full-time staff, are –

Targeted recruitment: We organize, sponsor and participate in bespoke recruiting events for LGBTQ+ candidates.

Inclusive culture: We aim to offer equitable, LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and a work environment that is inclusive through regular sensitization training.

Affiliation and professional development: We host affiliation events throughout the year including a flagship annual conference which is also attended by our CEO. We also offer a bespoke mentorship program to all LGBTQ+ employees.

How does your company help to support the LGBTQ+ community in general?

We regularly publish cutting-edge research reports related to the LGBTQ+ community

We sponsor and participate in key events across the world such as World Pride Copenhagen 2021

We conduct projects within the LGBTQ DE&I space, most recently, helping in the development of the UN LGBTIQ+ Standards Gap Analysis Tools.

We lend our support to the broader LGBTQ+ movement by signing in favor of LGBTQ+ inclusive legislation and collaborating with leading organizations such as The World Economic Forum’s Partnership for LGBTI Equality, Open for Business, and GiveOut among others.

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