IBM has a long history with LGBT workplace equality. As early as 1984, we included sexual orientation in our nondiscrimination policy. In 1995, we established an LGBT executive task force that today is known as the Global LGBT Council and is focused on making IBM a safe and desirable workplace for all people.
In 2015 IBM was named, for the second year in a row, the world’s most LGBT-inclusive company by Workplace Pride, based in Amsterdam. This announcement was the result of the foundation’s Global Benchmark survey that scored large international employers for their LGBT workplace inclusion policies and practices around the world.
In addition, for the 13th consecutive year, IBM scored 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees. The index, released each autumn, provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees, such as equal-employment opportunity policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, employment benefits for all benefits-eligible U.S. employees, and ongoing LGBT-specific engagements that extend across the company.
IBM is also one of eight “star performers” in Stonewall’s Global Equality Index 2015.