In light of the upcoming 2022 presidential election in Brazil, more than 100 companies and organizations—employing more than half a million people in Brazil—signed an open letter urging Brazil’s presidential candidates to recognize and commit to public policies and concrete actions that support LGBTQI+ inclusion in the Brazilian workplace.
The Brazilian general elections are set to take place on October 2, 2022. This Open Letter represents a coalition of companies that value diversity, respect and inclusion of LGBTQI+ people (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and other marginalized sexual orientations and gender identities) in Brazilian workplaces. The letter calls on candidates for the 2022 presidential election in Brazil to recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion for all people in the workplace, including LGBTQI+ people.
Companies around the world, especially in Brazil, are taking more initiatives to promote diversity and inclusion in their work environments. At a rate that has grown rapidly compared to recent years, many leading companies have publicly demonstrated their support for the full inclusion of LGBTQI+ people. According to the World Economic Forum, there is a strong positive correlation between LGBTQI+ inclusion and economic resilience. We envision a general election in which LGBTQI+ people are treated as equal citizens, having their identities and rights respected and valued in candidate platforms and policy proposals, just as they are respected and valued in Brazilian work environments.
The deadline for signatures closed on Wednesday, September 21, 2022.
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History: The 2018 Statement of Support
The first Statement of Support was signed in 2018 by corporations and non-governmental organizations that together employed more than 110,000 people in Brazil, reaffirming the belief and commitment of these entities to diversity and inclusion of all people in the workplace, including LGBTQI+ people.
This Open Letter is being co-organized in partnership with: