- January 20, 2015
World leaders gather for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland this week. For the first time in history, the meeting’s agenda includes a session that looks at LGBT equality through the lens of workplace inclusion.
As noted by Andrew Ross Sorkin in the New York Times, this year’s session follows an unofficial breakfast on LGBT rights in Davos last year, which was hosted by Microsoft, HRC, Dan Loeb, Paul Singer, and others. That breakfast became the buzz of Davos in 2014, and put momentum into the call for greater attention to LGBT issues by the powerful WEF.
Leadership by private sector allies like Microsoft, EY, Alcoa, and Marriott has taken the issue of LGBT equality from the background in Davos last year to the forefront of discussions in 2015. Later this week, in addition to the discussion included on the WEF’s agenda, Microsoft and EY will host a lunch on workplace equality in Davos. And Accenture, EY, and HSBC will livestream a discussion on the same topic.
With this year’s inclusion of LGBT rights on the WEF’s agenda, it has become an important ally in furthering the global discussion of LGBT equality. It should be lauded for taking on the important topic of workplace inclusion, and take steps to have an even more robust conversation on the human rights of LGBT people at next year’s meeting.