Study links LGBT supportive policies to positive business-related outcomes


LOS ANGELES — LGBT-supportive workplace policies are linked to positive business-related outcomes, according to a new study by Williams Institute, a national think tank at UCLA’s School of Law.

The study, entitled “The Business Impact of LGBT-Supportive Workplace Policies,” examines the findings of 33 research studies, and concludes that LGBT-supportive policies are also linked to greater job commitment, improved workplace relationships, increased job satisfaction, and improved health outcomes among LGBT employees.

LGBT employees are less likely to face discrimination in such environments and are more comfortable being open about their sexual orientation, the study also found.

“We now have a strong body of evidence that LGBT-supportive policies have a variety of benefits for companies that extend beyond the employees those policies impact directly,” said M.V. Lee Badgett, research director and professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

“As our nation’s workplaces become more diverse, businesses that respond to that trend will benefit,” said Badgett.

Anders Jacobsen, co-founder of LGBT Capital, called the study “a key, and potentially catalytic, step in the efforts to present increasingly robust arguments and statistical underpinnings for the business case for LGBT diversity in employment.”

” We are convinced that this research will carry weight with both corporate and public sector decision makers in the U.S. and abroad,” said Jacobsen.

The full report is here.

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