LIMA, Peru (December 18, 2018) - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of America's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced a partnership with Presente, Peru's largest LGBT advocacy group, to promote LGBT inclusion across workplaces in Peru. The HRC joined Presente and corporate partners in Lima to honor for the first time major employers, including American Airlines, Atento, Scotiabank, WeWork, and Techo Perú, for their growing commitment to greater LGBT equality and inclusion for workers across the country.
At the event, the Lima-based organization Presente released the findings of Diagnóstico de Diversidad y Equidad, its recent survey evaluating LGBT-inclusion in more than 50 businesses and multinationals, using the HRC's Spanish-language business toolkit to assess policies and practices. The five companies honored earned top ratings in the inaugural report, receiving Presente's seal of recognition for their leadership in furthering LGBT-inclusive practices and ongoing commitment to foster welcoming working environments for all employees.
'One of our key principles at American is to provide a safe and inclusive work environment to all our colleagues, embracing the unique talent that each one of us bring to the business, so that we may perform at our highest capabilities,' said Mylene Flecha, base manager for American Airlines. 'Peru is on the verge of greater societal progress on LGBT equality. We are proud to be part of this change that translates into better workplaces, more business opportunities, and optimal conditions where our employees can reach their full potential.'
Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundation's Workplace Equality Program and co-author of the HRC's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI) - the premier benchmarking tool for corporate LGBTQ-inclusive policies in the US - delivered opening remarks. She highlighted the success of the HRC's two in-country programs that are already driving positive change in Mexico and Chile, where the HRC is working with major employers to advance LGBT-inclusive practices in workplaces across the region.
'As the HRC expands its engagement across the Americas, we are excited to partner with Presente to increase LGBT workplace inclusion in Peru and develop actionable steps to create welcoming workplaces across the country,' said Fidas, who is also director of HRC Equidad MX and HRC Equidad CL. 'As the Latin America region continues to experience significant progress in LGBT equality and inclusion, we are delighted to witness an increasing number of companies and multinationals that recognize the economic benefits and business opportunities generated by inclusive corporate values.'
'Working to achieve LGBT workplace inclusion is an intrinsic part of our broader fight for LGBT equality in Peru,' said Gabriel de la Cruz Soler, executive president of Presente. 'We are excited to partner with the Human Rights Campaign to expand our mission and promote LGBT-inclusive practices among Peruvian workplaces. The HRC's leadership on LGBTQ issues will help us to develop better tools to build a stronger economy and foster new methods [of] promoting and retaining diverse talent among Peruvian businesses.'
As a proud HRC Global Innovator, de la Cruz Soler participated in the HRC's 2017 Innovative Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC, where he joined 30 LGBTQ leaders and advocates from 28 countries and HRC Global experts to learn new methods to advance LGBT equality around the world. Since then, de la Cruz Soler has helped drive a national dialogue about LGBT equality and workplace inclusion in Peru, while leading efforts to establish Presente as the preeminent LGBT organization in Peru for cultural associations and businesses seeking to advance LGBT inclusion.
As part of the visit, HRC Global will be convening an international group of LGBTQ activists for a Latin American and the Caribbean Regional Workshop, a two-day event focusing on the opportunities and challenges of advancing LGBT inclusion in the region. The forum will bring together LGBTQ advocates from Argentina, Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Jamaica, and Peru to explore the HRC's new resource, Engaging Employers in Advancing Equality, and share strategic methods to engage businesses and allies in the global equality movement.
Through its global workplace equality programs HRC Equidad MX and HRC Equidad CL, the HRC Foundation is leading efforts to advance LGBT workplace inclusion in workplaces across the US, Mexico, and Chile, potentially impacting more than 14.5 million employees worldwide. The HRC is proud to partner with Presente in its continuing efforts to promote diversity and LGBT workplace inclusion across Latin America.
For more information on HRC Global programs, please visit hrc.im/GlobalWorkplacePrograms and hrc.org/global.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. The HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.
Courtesy of the HRC
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