what the study is about

In this study, we explore the views of LGBT employees and LGBT expatriates to understand how companies can best facilitate their successful expatriation. With a specific focus on Allies and ERGs, our goal is to:

  • understand the extent to which these programs meet the needs of LGBT expatriates both at home and abroad; and,
  • help companies build their talent management programs with LGBT employees by developing more inclusive policies that support LGBT expatriation.

why it matters

For some time, research has been silent on the increasing importance of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) expatriate workforce which, until recently, has been largely ignored as a potential source of global talent.

Increasingly, the international labor market is attracting more and more under-represented employees, and as such, becoming a more diverse labor pool, particularly of LGBT employees. 

While change is slow, a number of talent managers are capitalizing on the productivity and performance gains that LGBT assignees bring. This has, in part, been due to substantive progress and awareness of “gay rights,” particularly in countries such as New Zealand, Argentina, The Netherlands, and Uruguay.