by Ray Hayes

The United Nations (UN) is looking to put an end to LGBT discrimination by American businesses.  In an effort to support this initiative, the UN has established a standard list of five goals to regulate the fair treatment of LGBT individuals.  According to one standard, “Businesses should establish mechanisms to monitor and communicate about their compliance with human rights standards.”

The UN’s actions come at time when American divisions seem to be ramping up based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and political ideals.

The new UN standards for LGBT fair treatment, will be used to serve as guidelines for businesses throughout the world once the initiative is pushed to a global network.  In addition to the standards, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein added a powerful statement about the need for LGBT business protections, stating “Discrimination against any group slows us all down. Eliminating discrimination is the key to unlocking talent, productivity and development.”

Below is a quick summary of the UN’s LGBT business protection standards in a nut shell:

  1. Respect Human Rights
  2. Eliminate Discrimination (in the workplace)
  3. Provide Support (in the workplace)
  4. Prevent Other Human Rights Violations
  5. Act in the Public Sphere

To learn more about the UN new set of standards, please click on the link below.