IBM Named the Most LGBT-Friendly Employer in the World

Every year, the Workplace Pride Foundation lists the most LGBT-friendly employers, which is a very useful tool for both respective employees and consumers who wish to support these progressive companies.

For the third year running, IBM has been named the most LGBT-inclusive employer by the WPF. To put that into a little perspective, this is the third year that the Global Benchmark Survey has been compiled, and this is where companies submit themselves for consideration. Essentially, IBM has been at the top spot ever since the list’s creation.

Back in 2015, there were 21 participating companies included in the survey, but this year that list grew to 30. These 30 companies employ over 3 million employees in over 100 countries between them.

David Pollard, Executive Director at Workplace Pride, had this to say: “This year’s Global Benchmark saw a 40% increase in the number of participants. We congratulate IBM and all of the 2016 Global Benchmark participants as they are making good on their commitments to create workplaces around the world where LGBT people can be themselves.”

Not only did we see an increase in participants, organisations taking part scored a median of 61%, up from 58% in 2015 and 51% in 2014, marking strong progress in the participating companies.

You can see the full list below, and read the full results here.

  1. IBM: 89.11%
  2. Dow: 86.00%
  3. Shell: 84.89%
  4. Accenture:  83.78%
  5. KPN: 80.44%
  6. BNP Paribas: 79.78%
  7. Cisco: 73.33%
  8. ING: 70.0%
  9. Post NL: 69.44%
  10. Sodexo: 66.44%


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IBM Named the Most LGBT-Friendly Employer in the World
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IBM Named the Most LGBT-Friendly Employer in the World
IBM has been named the most LGBT friendly employer in the world for the third year running.