57 Brazilian Companies Achieve Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Brazilian LGBTQ+ Workplace Equality Index

by HRC Staff

Second Annual Survey Reflects Impressive And Growing Participation; Impacts Over 830,000 Employees in Brazil

WASHINGTON — Today, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, in partnership with Instituto Mais Diversidade and the Forum de Empresas e Direitos LGBTI+, is releasing its second annual ‘HRC Equidade BR: Global Workplace Equality Program’ report. This is the leading benchmarking survey and report recognizing employers in Brazil that have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQIA+ equality by adopting crucial LGBTQIA+-inclusive policies and practices for their employees.

This year, 57 organizations earned the maximum score in Equidade BR and were recognized with the 2023 HRC Foundation designation of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQIA+ People” or in Brazil “Melhores Empresas Para Pessoas LGBTQIA+ Trabalharem.” That represents a 52% increase in certified companies from the 38 that were highlighted in 2022. Participation also increased by 50%, going from 60 employers last year to 91 in 2023. The HRC Foundation’s work in Brazil impacts more than 830,000 employees working for inclusive organizations nationwide. Of those participating companies:

  • 76 of the 91 participating companies employ over 500 Brazil-based employees, representing 84% of all participant companies.
  • This year 92% of participating companies, compared to 83% last year, affirmed implementing non-discrimination policies that explicitly include sexual orientation.
  • Additionally, 27% of the companies participating in the survey have a Gender Transition policy in place for their trans employees. Among certified companies, this percentage is 39%.
  • In 2023, 9 companies achieved top scores in 4 HRC Workplace Equality Programs: CEI, Equidad MX, Equidad CL, and Equidade BR—BASF, Bayer, Boston Consulting Group (BCG), Cummins, Ernst & Young (EY), General Electric, JP Morgan, SAP, and Uber.
“The Workplace Equality Program at HRC is incredibly proud of the engagement and commitment from Brazilian national and multinational companies in-country,” said RaShawn Hawkins, Director of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “In its second year, the Equidade BR program has exhibited a 52% increase in participation and a 50% increase in companies that scored 100 on the survey. The results this year indicate that approximately 6.7 million employees are impacted by the actions of participating companies and we know that collectively, safer workplaces lead to happier people. These efforts continue to be important in the LGBTQIA+ community and beyond—our gratitude goes out to all that support and take part in embracing safe and inclusive workspaces.”
“We are very pleased with the results of the 2nd edition of HRC Equidade BR. It fills us with pride to see that the number of certified companies has increased substantially—52% since last year,” said João Torres, HRC Equidade BR Implementing Partner and Executive President of Instituto + Diversidade. This speaks to how the private sector continues to strive to learn about and implement best practices for LGBTQIA+ inclusion in the workplace.”

Through its CEI and partnerships with local organizations, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is leading the advancement of LGBTQIA+ workplace inclusion and equality across the U.S., Mexico, Chile, Argentina, and Brazil impacting more than 39 million employees worldwide. The 2023 HRC Equidad BR report evaluated Brazilian businesses and corporations based on five core pillars of LGBTQIA+ workplace inclusion:

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

A full list of honorees is available here. For more information on HRC’s Workplace Equality Program in Brazil, please visit this link.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational changes in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.


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