Most LGBT-Friendly Organisations in the World Announced

Post Date: October 12, 2017


Workplace Pride is pleased to announce the top scorers of its 2017 Global Benchmark Survey. The Survey saw 27 major employers this year which were scored for their global LGBT workplace inclusion policies and practices. Together, participating organisations represent more than 3 million employees in over 100 countries worldwide. They are in unique positions to influence cultural change not just within their own walls, but also among governments and in the communities and countries in which they operate. In a new move to underline the progress among participants on LGBT inclusion instead of the competitive nature of the survey, top scorers are being announced in groups instead of individual scores, with “Advocates” being the highest followed by “Ambassadors”.

IBM, Dow, Shell and Accenture have each scored higher than 90% on the Workplace Pride Global Benchmark survey with 100% being a perfect score.  These organisations continue to show leadership with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender inclusion in their activities around the world.


Cisco, ING, KPN, PostNL, Sodexo and UWV each scored higher than 66.6% and have earned the title of “Ambassador” in the 2017 Global Benchmark.

“This change in reporting echoes the times we are living in. Globally-active organisations recognise that real progress on LGBT workplace inclusion means working with your peers in difficult countries around the world and that this is more important than competitive rankings”, said David Pollard, Executive Director, Workplace Pride.  “ We congratulate all of the 2017 Global Benchmark participants as they are making good on their commitments to create workplaces around the world where LGBT people can be themselves. We are clearly all in this together!”

The full 2017 Global Benchmark Results as well as dozens of best practices taken from the survey submissions can be found in the New Horizons Magazine under: NEWS/NEW HORIZONS / 2017 Global Benchmark Edition on this website.

Click here for the full press release:   Press Release Global Benchmark 2017