June 1, 2022, New York, US
NEW YORK – Out Leadership, the premier global network for LGBTQ+ business leaders and companies, today unveiled the State LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index for 2022 and accompanying U.S. State CEO Business Briefs.
The State LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index, published against a backdrop of sustained attacks on transgender and LGBTQ+ rights in state legislatures around the US., gives each state a score out of 100 points, based on 20 carefully selected and nuanced markers assessing LGBTQ+ people’s lived experiences across 5 broader categories including Legal and Nondiscrimination Protections, Youth and Family Support, Political & Religious Attitudes, Health Access and Safety, Work Environment and Employment.
The 2022 Index results reveal some significant steps forward for some states. At the same time, the coordinated legislative pushback against LGBTQ+ rights on a state level have caused some states to fall farther behind when it comes to protecting their LGBTQ+ citizens.
2022 State LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index Highlights:
“The 2022 State Level Business Climate Index is a living roadmap, highlighting the places where we must be both reactive and proactive, says Todd Sears, Founder & CEO, Out Leadership.
“While the top ranked states for LGBTQ+ equality broadly increased in score, the bottom ranked states decreased in score or remained stagnant. This signals a widening gap across the country between the ideology of equality and the tactics used to achieve or dismantle it. All of these shifts, for better and worse, are happening in a country that has never been more polarized. Any number of factors have contributed to this fact: Covid, the January 6th insurrection, pending landmark Supreme Court decisions, and the upcoming midterm elections, to name a few. Each of these events and many more fuel a fire that motivates those organized in opposition to equality. Likewise, Out Leadership and leaders like you are equally motivated to respond to these attacks. The 2022 State Level Business Climate Index is a living roadmap, highlighting the places where we must be both reactive and proactive.”
About the LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index
This report provides business leaders with actionable information about the climate in which they conduct business and quantify the economic imperative for inclusion and the cost of discrimination through this transparent assessment of the landscape of LGBTQ+ inclusion in America.
Out Leadership’s LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index was launched at the World Economic Forum in Davos 7 years ago. The CEO Business Briefs for the U.S. States are an expansion of the global CEO briefs for 24 countries and have been used by hundreds of CEOs globally.
The LGBTQ+ Business Climate Index gives each state a score out of 100 points, based on 20 carefully selected and nuanced markers assessing LGBTQ+ people’s lived experiences across 5 broader categories:
Legal and Nondiscrimination Protections
Youth and Family Support
Political & Religious Attitudes
Health Access and Safety
Work Environment and Employment
The Index was funded by the Gill Foundation, as part of its support of Out Leadership’s CEO Business Briefs for the 50 U.S. States. It is based on data generously provided by Out Leadership’s partners at the Williams Institute, the United States Transgender Survey, and the Movement Advancement Project.
About Out Leadership
Out Leadership is the world’s first and only LGBTQ+ corporation whose sole product is Equality. Out Leadership harnesses the power of business to drive equality by connecting LGBTQ+ and leaders across the globe, advocating for inclusion at every level, from employee to executive to CEO.
With 94 member companies (including Amazon, American Express, Bloomberg, Citi, Coca-Cola, Comcast, Goldman Sachs, HSBC, IBM, Microsoft, Nike and Walmart), Out Leadership partners with 56 non-profits (GLAAD, Freedom for All Americans, Lambda Legal, Transgender Law Center, to name a few) and donates over 20% of its net-profit every year to global LGBTQ+ non profits.