Indian Supreme Court Ruling – What Now?

Indian Supreme Court Ruling – What Now?

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India enjoyed a brief period of breakthrough in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) inclusion since the historic judgement of Delhi High Court in 2009 reading down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, effectively decriminalising homosexual acts. In December 2013, India, as well as the rest of the world, was shocked to see the Supreme Court reversing the decision. The lives of millions of LGBT individuals in India have been deeply affected. For corporate India, questions were raised as to what impact the ruling has on efforts around creating inclusive workplaces, and what can companies do to support their LGBT employees in this turbulent time.

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Informational Leaflet – The Beginning, Not the End – LGBT in India Post Supreme Court Ruling

 

Community Business has been working with businesses in Asia to create inclusive workplaces for LGBT individuals since 2009. With the publication of the LGBT Resource Guide for Employers in India in 2012, Community Business has played a leading role in impacting change and supporting companies to address the sensitive topic of LGBT in the workplace. In this challenging time for the LGBT community in India, the need for leadership, and platforms for mutual learning and support is stronger than ever. Since the Supreme Court ruling in December 2013, Community Business has engaged with a large number of companies, local LGBT organisations and experts to understand the implications of the ruling on companies and the lives of LGBT employees in India. Through these conversations, we know that continued commitment and leadership to LGBT workplace inclusion is critical.

 

Community Business has developed an Information Leaflet to help companies better understand the supreme court ruling, the impact on companies in India, and provide recommendations for companies on the way forward.
 Download the Informational Leaflet.

 

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Consider putting your company’s name to the following statement that will be posted here, on the LGBT Online Resource:

 

Community Business is committed to leading, inspiring and supporting companies in India and the wider Asia region to create inclusive workplaces – including for LGBT employees. The companies we work with recognise the business case for LGBT workplace inclusion. Research shows that an environment where LGBT individuals feel accepted, safe and valued drives higher productivity and performance whilst a lack of openness negatively impacts well-being and engagement. The Supreme Court ruling on Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code has created an environment of anxiety and fear and is potentially damaging business.

 

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