HRC Foundation Recognizes More than 100 Employers in Mexico For Their Commitment to LGBT Inclusion

by Milagros Chirinos

HRC President Alphonso David is in Mexico City to honor the unprecedented number of companies participating in the third year of HRC’s Equidad MX workplace equality survey.

Today, HRC Foundation, launched its third annual HRC Equidad MX: Programa Global de Equidad Laboral, a survey evaluating LGBT workplace inclusion within major Mexican businesses and multinationals. Since its inception, the program has experienced unprecedented growth -- this year, 120 employers have earned top ratings in the 2020 HRC Equidad MX report, reflecting their commitment to LGBT equality and adoption of essential LGBT-inclusive policies and practices in their workplaces.

“Promoting fundamental rights and welcoming workplaces for LGBT employees is not only in the interest of fairness -- it is also smart for business,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “As the new president of the Human Rights Campaign, I am proud to witness the unprecedented positive change driven by HRC Equidad MX and the enthusiastic response of hundreds of business leaders who understand the critical importance and economic value of LGBT workplace inclusion in Mexico.”

HRC President Alphonso David will deliver remarks at a launch event today, hosted by Walmart Mexico and Central America and supported by prominent LGBT-committed corporate partners including IBM, Edelman, UBER and many others. The event will convene hundreds of corporate leaders, participating companies, civil society stakeholders and influencers -- including Christian Chávez, an openly gay actor and singer -- to celebrate LGBT workplace inclusion.

The pioneering Equidad MX program, modeled after HRC’s Corporate Equality Index  -- the premier LGBTQ workplace equality benchmarking survey in the U.S., recognized top-scoring companies with the HRC Foundation’s designation of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” or “Mejores Lugares para Trabajar LGBT”. The award honors their commitment to expanding efforts creating welcoming and fair workplaces for LGBT employees.

The groundbreaking success of  HRC Equidad MX is reflected in the rapidly-growing number of companies participating in the survey -- and achieving top ratings for LGBT workplace equality. In the survey’s inaugural year, 32 companies in Mexico -- including PEMEX, one of the largest employers in Latin America -- earned top ratings. That number jumped to 69 companies last year, and hit 120 this year -- including 36 that are based in Mexico. HRC Equidad MX seeks to continue to expand this network of inclusive employers throughout Mexico.

The 2020 HRC Equidad MX Report assessed major Mexican businesses and multinational companies on three core pillars of LGBT inclusion:

  • Adoption of nondiscrimination policies;
  • Creation of employee resource groups or diversity and inclusion councils; and
  • Engagement in public activities to support LGBT inclusion.

“All the participating companies are making genuine efforts to promote an LGBT-inclusive corporate culture and best practices across Mexican workplaces,” said Beck Bailey, director of HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “Providing a work space where LGBT employees can reach their full potential is key to attracting and retaining the best workforce. We commend the business honorees for their leadership and dedication to fostering LGBT inclusion for all their employees.”

“The inspiring results of HRC Equidad MX constitute a remarkable landmark for LGBT workplace inclusion in Mexico and the broader Latin American region,” said Francisco Robledo and Fernando Velázquez, HRC Equidad MX Implementing Partners. “The growing number of businesses committed to promoting LGBT-inclusive policies and practices indicates that more and more corporate leaders understand and value the fairness and benefits of inclusive workplaces.”

Earlier this year, HRC staff convened with members of the HRC Equidad MX Business Council to develop strategies to achieve long-lasting impact throughout Mexico and discuss LGBT-inclusive trends and the success achieved in the first three of remarkable workplace inclusion efforts.

Through its CEI, Equidad MX and Equidad CL programs, the HRC Foundation has established guidelines to implement LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits across national and international corporations impacting more than 30.6 million employees worldwide. This endeavor is complemented by the HRC Global program, which supports the work of communities throughout the world in advocacy of the full rights of LGBTQ people around the world. This year, HRC announced a major initiative to pursue strategic litigation in countries where they can make a difference as part of broader efforts in the movement for LGBTQ equality.

HRC is proud to recognize 3M, Accenture, Airbnb, Amazon México, American Airlines, American Express México, Aon, AT Kearney, AT&T México, AXA Partners, Bain & Company México, Baker McKenzie, BASF, Boston Consulting Group, Best Buy México, BNP Paribas Cardif, Brown-Forman México, CBRE, Cineápolis, Cisco Systems of México, Citibanamex, Coca Cola FEMSA, Coca-Cola México, Compucom México, Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enríquez, Cushman & Wakefield México, Dell EMC, Deloitte Consulting, Diageo, Distribuidora Therso, Dow Química Mexicana, Edelman, Edenred México, Experts, EY, Facebook, Festival Internacional de Cine de Los Cabos, Ford Motor Company, Gayosso, GE México, General Motors de México, Google México, Grupo Cinco M, Grupo Modelo, Here Technologies, Herman Miller, Hotel Marriott Puerto Vallarta, HP Inc, HSBC México, Hyatt Regency Mexico City, IBM, IFT, INE, Intel México, IPG Media Brands, iTexico, J.P. Morgan, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg Company México, Lexmark International de México, Lubrizol, Madison Tailored Brand Solutions, ManpowerGroup, Market Pro, Mastercard, McCann Worldgroup, McKinsey & Co. México, Mercedes-Benz Autobuses, Metco, Metlife, Microsoft, MMK Group, Mundo Joven, Museo Memoria y Tolerancia, Neta Comunicación, Nielsen México, Nike, Novartis, OfficeYa, Ogilvy & Mather, Oliver Wyman, Oracle México, P&G, PayPal, PEMEX, Pepsico Alimentos México, Pernod Ricard México, Pfizer México, Philip Morris México, Porter Novelli, PSB Technology, PÚBLICO/trabajo, PwC, RB, SAP México, Scotiabank, Sephora México, Shell México, Sheraton Grand Los Cabos Hacienda del Mar, Sodexo México On Site, Softtek, Solaz a Luxury Collection Resort, Los Cabos, Sonova México, Sony Music Entertainment México, T&C Group, TAO Publicidad & Eventos, TE Connectivity, Thomson Reuters, Tsolco, Uber, Unilever de México, Viva Aerobus, Volteo, Von Wobeser y Sierra, W Mexico City, Walmart de México y Centroamérica, Warner Music México, Western Union, Wizeline, Zurich to celebrate LGBT-inclusion in the workplace.