- September 26, 2014
This past week, the American Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with the US Embassy in Mexico City, hosted a breakfast there with Deena Fidas, Director of the Workplace Equality Program, HRC and Patricia Espinosa Torres, Under-Secretary of Labor and Social Welfare for Mexico on the role of LGBT and gender equality in today’s labor market.
Mexico and the United States are amongst each other’s top trading partners and closest neighbors. The connections between the two nations are deeper than trade though, they are driven by key exchanges of ideas and culture.
This breakfast was one of several dialogues between HRC and the Mexico City consortium of AmCham. Under-Secretary Espinosa Torres emphasized both the legal mandates surrounding the civil rights of LGBT people and the business imperative for inclusion. Fidas walked through the unique strategy of moving businesses over the last decade from initial engagement on the fundamentals of LGBT inclusion to the all-out competition amongst many multinationals to be LGBT employers of choice.
“When the Corporate Equality Index began in 2002, HRC was asking businesses to work with us and pay attention to LGBT issues. Now, more of our calls are responding to businesses eager to participate, catch up with their industry peers or set a new standard of equality,” said Fidas. Businesses see a clear competitive advantage to adopting LGBT inclusion efforts.
From Dow to Manpower to Marriott and beyond, dozens of major businesses in Mexico are engaged in meaningful LGBT diversity and inclusion efforts and preparing for the new Corporate Equality Index criteria that will incorporate global standards of LGBT workplace protections. To read more, check out: www.hrc.org/2016cei