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 de Políticas Públicas LGBT and Instituto Mais Diversidade, is launching LGBTQ+ workplace equality programs in Argentina and Brazil, Equidad AR and Equidad BR. These build upon existing benchmarking surveys and reports in Latin America, currently recognizing employers in Chile and Mexico, who have demonstrated a commitment to LGBTQ+ equality by adopting crucial LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices for their employees.
Equidad MX and Equidad CL, inspired by the Human Rights Campaign’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), were HRC’s first in-country programs in Latin America. Through these programs, HRC Foundation is leading the advancement of LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion across the United States, Mexico and Chile—impacting more than 30.6 million employees worldwide.
In Argentina, HRC is partnering with Instituto de Políticas Públicas LGBT, a nonprofit created to support LGBTQ+ inclusive policies, practices and workplace inclusion. This partnership was facilitated by Esteban Paulón, an HRC Global Innovator, who helped pass marriage equality legislation in the national parliament.
HRC’s Brazilian partner, Instituto Mais Diversidade, advocates and supports LGBTQ+ people in key aspects of life with a particular interest in promoting professional opportunities, financial empowerment and full inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees in Brazilian workplaces. Additionally, Forum de Empresas e Direitos LGBTI+, a nonprofit that works specifically to improve the lives of Brazilian LGBTQ+ workers, have been critical allies in successfully expanding Equidad BR into the country.
Earlier this year, a landmark 96 companies participated in HRC Equidad CL, which tripled the amount of corporate engagement since its inaugural edition. Additionally in 2020, HRC launched its fourth annual HRC Equidad MX, in the report 212 employers earned top ratings, a 77% increase over the previous year’s total of 120. The strides made in both countries reflect a growing commitment in Latin America to creating LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices in their workplaces, which led to expansion of HRC’s global workplace equality programs into Argentina and Brazil.
The Equidad programs in Argentina and Brazil will evaluate businesses and corporations operating in those countries based on three core pillars of LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion:
Adoption of non-discrimination policies
Creation of employee resource groups or diversity and inclusion councils
Engagement in public activities to support LGBTQ+ inclusion.
This is the same framework being applied in the ongoing Equidad programs in Mexico and Chile.
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