A new international business equality index will assess which companies are best serving their lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans employees, suppliers and consumers.

The International Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (IGLCC) has invited all major international corporations to participate in the International Business Equality Index survey.

The Index allows corporations to draw external comparisons, which illustrate how their competitors are doing as well as internal comparisons that provide a better understanding of their own performance.

“The International Business Equality Index is without a doubt one of the most important initiatives ever launched at the international level to advance LGBT diversity in the business world,” said Pascal Lépine, secretary general of the IGLCC.

“It gives a concrete sign that a corporation supports the LGBT community by its dedication and commitment and provides vital access to our ever expanding market segment.

“There is a conscious desire from everyone working at the international level to understand how diversity can best be used to advance their business.

“This Index is a clear response to this and other questions from the international business world such as: Are we doing enough with the vast potential represented by the LGBT community?”

The deadline for completion of the International Business Equality Index survey is April 30.

The results will be announced during the International Conference on LGBT Human Rights held during the World Outgames in Copenhagen from July 25 to August 2.

IGLCC was founded in 2006 and is based in Montréal, Canada. Membership is made up of organisations represented by 17 chambers of commerce and business organisations in 14 countries.