HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program
After five years of engagement with civil society, embassies and corporate partners, HRC’s Workplace Equality Program has developed a formal project to grow LGBTQ-inclusive workplaces in Mexico. Read more about the launch of HRC Equidad MXC: Global Workplace Equality Program here in English and here in Spanish.
The Foundation joined with Francisco Robledo of Alianza por la Diversidad e Inclusión Laboral (ADIL) and Fernando Velazquez of FVConsulting – Consultores en Diversidad e Inclusion, S.C to officially launch HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program, a groundbreaking new program that will work to promote LGBTQ workplace inclusion throughout Mexico. The effort comes amidst historic progress for LGBTQ equality in Mexico by bringing together HRC and advocates on the ground to educate and mobilize the country’s business community in support of LGBTQ workers and consumers.
Deena Fidas, Director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program kicked off the partnership with Equidad MX partners Francisco Robledo and Fernando Velazquez at the 3rd Forum of Best Practices at the Workplace at Consejo para Prevenir y Eliminar la Discriminación de la Ciudad de México (COPRED), Mexico City’s Council to Prevent and Eradicate Discrimination.
HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program
“HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program is the tool Mexican companies were needing to accelerate their LGBTQ inclusion efforts, I am honored and happy to have joined efforts with HRC to launch this program in México” said Fernando Velázquez, founder of FVConsulting.
HRC Equidad MX will increase awareness about the importance of LGBTQ diversity and inclusion in Mexico’s workplaces by developing consulting and education models for Mexican companies and organizations. It will also utilize HRC’s tools and relationships to engage interested companies in aligning their corporate policies on LGBTQ inclusion to international standard.
HRC Equidad MX promotes three strategic pillars:
- Adoption of nondiscrimination policies;
- Creation of employee resource groups or diversity and inclusion council
- Engagement in public activies to support LGBT inclusion
During the 2017 Corporate Equality Index international launch in Mexico City, HRC Equidad MX released the HRC Equidad MX Spanish-language toolkit. This toolkit provides predominantly Spanish-language workplaces with a resource to help train and equip employees to build LGBT-inclusive environments.
After numerous successes with U.S.-based multinational corporations operating in Mexico, HRC is partnering with two renowned experts to grow the number of LGBT-inclusive businesses and more broadly support a national dialogue on the business case for inclusion. FVConsulting – Consultores en Diversidad e Inclusion, S.C. – and firm founder Fernando Velazquez, who launched the first LGBT employee network group at American Express Mexico, provide sought-after expertise with corporate experience. ADIL – Alianza por la Diversidad e Inclusión Laboral – is an alliance of LGBT professional consultants and experienced social analysts who promote and offer business solutions toward inclusion and respect of LGBT people in the workplace.
“ADIL has sought for the visibility of LGBT inclusion and best practices of companies in Mexico for the last three years and this alliance with HRC will help us strengthen the relationship with decision makers and shorten the time to see tangible results,” said Francisco Robledo, founder of the Alliance for Diversity and Workplace Inclusion.
Through its Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has laid the roadmap for the adoption of LGBTQ inclusive policies, benefits and practices across major corporations. HRC has collaborated for over five years with the U.S. Embassy, the American Chamber of Commerce, top-rated CEI partners such as Citigroup/Banamex, Dow, JPMorgan Chase & Co. among others, and civil society leaders to promote LGBTQ workplace inclusion and the broader business case for equality in Mexico. In November 2015, HRC launched its first international CEI in Mexico City along with partners, Dow, Pride Connection Mexico and the U.S. Embassy. In Spring 2016, HRC was honored to again partner with these companies to deliver a keynote and panel moderation at the inaugural Pride Connection Mexico Summit of over 200 corporate and civil society leaders in Mexico. Most recently, following the release of the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), HRC Foundation held its second-ever international launch of the CEI in Mexico City, recognizing the growing global impact of the nearly 900 companies officially scored by the premiere benchmarking tool for LGBT workplace equality.
The Mexico City launch featured representatives from HRC’s on-the ground program HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program, the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, The Dow Chemical Company, J.P. Morgan Chase, and the Mexican state-owned petroleum company, PEMEX.
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