2014 LGBT Forum São Paulo (Brazil)
In December, São Paulo, Brazil is where an LGBT Forum took place, hosted by Adriana de Costa Ferreira, IBM; Reinaldo Bulgarelli, Txai Consulting; and, Carrefour. At the forum, dozens of multi-national corporations and local Brazilian companies gathered to express their support for LGBT workplace equality.
Executives from twelve companies signed a Pledge of Ten Commitments supporting workplace equality. Over 150 people representing more than 40 companies were present, including: IBM, Procter & Gamble, Accenture, BASF, Caixa Economica Federal, Carrefour, Dow, PwC, HSBC, GE, DuPont and Whirlpool.
Out & Equal CEO and founder Selisse Berry gave a keynote speech about the importance of expanding the workplace movement to every part of the globe.
"I believe it is up to us to make a difference for those who may not be able to speak out on their own behalf for fear of retaliation," Berry told the executives gathered at the forum. "It will be our combined efforts - the pride and reach of a truly global family - that will allow us to create lasting progress in our quest for equality."
These are the Ten Commitments to which key executives pledged their support: