General Article The business case for diversity

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  • Lesbians, gay men and bisexuals comprise around 6% of the population, or 3.5 million people, according to government estimates.
  • 36% of gay employees will change careers if discrimination is continued.
  • A third of gay staff conceal their sexual orientation from their employers and co-workers, yet ‘out’ employees in safe environments earn 50% more than their closeted peers.
  • At least 55% of gay employees facing discrim-ination report a direct negative work impact.
  • Approximately 20% of gay employees facing discrimination at work will consider suicide.
  • ... and an important market
  • The ‘pink pound’ is estimated to be worth £70 billion.
  • 74% of gay and 42% of straight consumers are less likely to buy products from companies that hold negative views of lesbians and gay men.

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