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LGBT+ Business Climate Score

Out Leadership’s snapshot of the current state of affairs for LGBT+ people, through the lens of international business. The Business Climate Score score is out of ten possible points, and is based on ten independently verifiable indicators of the legal, cultural and business context for LGBT+ people.

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1.
Are consensual homosexual acts between adults legal?
1
Yes
2.
Are marriage or civil unions for same-sex couples available?
0
No
3.
Is being LGBT+ punishable by death?
1
No
4.
Are sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in employment prohibited?
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Only social work is protected
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Can transgender people legally change their gender markers?
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No, unless they are affected by congenital adrenal hyperplasia and other intersex situations
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Is sex reassignment surgery at birth for intersex children prohibited?
0
No
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Are sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the provision of goods and services prohibited?
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No
8.
Is there a US State Department warning against travel for LGBT+ individuals?
.5
No such warning, but there is a mention of risk of discrimination and harassment for LGBT+ individuals
9.
Do companies sponsor Pride?
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No
10.
Are there laws prohibiting freedom of assembly or speech for LGBT+ people (i.e. “anti-propaganda laws”, media gags, etc.)?
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No, but general laws on Reporting of Communicable Diseases (2019) and the Public Assembly Act (1985) are instrumentalised to stop LGBT+ propaganda
Impact of LGBT+ Discrimination on Business and Talent
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    NO RISK
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    BRAND RISK
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    MODERATE RISK
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    NOTABLE RISK
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    HIGH RISK
BRAND RISK
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    MODERATE RISK
In terms of supporting LGBT+ rights, there is modest brand risk to operating in the Philippines. While the government is slow in developing a solid legal framework protecting LGBT+ rights, the majority of the population does not appear to have an issue with accepting LGBT+ individuals.
CLIENT RISK
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    NOTABLE RISK
The lack of government support for LGBT+ rights and the entrenched cultural and political homophobia linked to specific areas of the Philippines (e.g. Marawi) creates a non-negligible risk that LGBT+ clients may feel alienated by business conducted in the Philippines.
TALENT RISK
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    NOTABLE RISK
Though consensual, non-commercial same-sex relations are legal in the Philippines above 18 years of age, same-sex marriage is not, making it unwise to send LGBT+ talent abroad, where they’ll likely face discrimination and their spouses won’t be recognized.
MARKETING CHALLENGES
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    MODERATE RISK
n terms of supporting LGBT+ rights, there is modest marketing risk to operating in the Philippines. The rationale is the same as the Brand Risk above.