The LGBT+ community has experienced a stunning development in a short period of time: yesterday marginalized, stigmatized, and criminalized, now champions of creativity, diversity and innovation in a highly competitive world. In addition, corporate social responsibility and ethical demands for inclusivity have become economic directives that every organization would like to attain. The struggle of recognition is not over yet, but in workplaces and markets, gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and queer individuals have become symbols of diversity and economic power – true GaYme Changers developing the global economy faster and for the better.
Illustrated by fascinating stories around individuals, companies, nonprofits and a fast-growing cohort of organizations, Jens Schadendorf has traced the LGBT+ community and an increasing number of their allies from across the globe to discover the start of a revolution. Supported by up-to-date research, he shows that investment in LGBT+ inclusion delivers a powerful return. Always – even in times of hostility, resistance and crisis – it is economically and ethically beneficial for companies and societies and every human being, to let LGBT+ members develop into dynamic forces, rooted in new forms of cooperation and learning for ga(y)me changing results.
The rise of global LGBT+ equality in the global economy and lessons on how leaders, business and their allies work towards the next level
For the first time all in one: major global developments; economic benefits of LGBT+ D&I, corporate social responsibility and human rights; new individual, corporate and further organizational role models
Thoroughly researched compelling stories: supported by more than hundred and fifty interviews on five continent and up-to-date studies
The book much needed in turbulent times, as a decade of inclusion is emerging: a timely, thought-provoking, innovative read for true leaders, businesses and other institutions working for LGBT+ workplace inclusion
Publisher: LID Publishing
Format: 156 x 234 mm
Jens Schadendorf is an economist, author and keynote-speaker on topics related to diversity and inclusion (D&I), primarily LGBT+ D&I, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and leadership. He also advises companies, scientists, and managers on book projects globally and consults on communications, change, and CSR matters. Alongside this, he is also an independent LGBT+ diversity researcher at the Chair of Business Ethics at the Technical University of Munich, Germany.
GaYme Changer is a unique overview of the rise of LGBT+ inclusion in global workplaces and beyond. With rich stories and background analysis, it demonstrates how LGBT+ equality is not only a moral imperative but also a dynamic driver of growth, cultural change, and business success. Jens Schadendorf’s book is an insightful and compelling read – essential for every leader and those driving inclusion at all levels.”
ANTONIO ZAPPULLA, CEO, Thomson Reuters Foundation
With compelling narratives on creative and sustaining endeavours from both individuals and organizations and an acute sense for the bigger picture, Jens Schadendorf shows investment in LGBT+ diversity and equality delivers a return. It is good for business and the right thing to do.
CHRISTIAN KLEIN, CEO and Member of the Executive Board, SAP
GaYme Changer is the analytical picture of a stunning development and a sweeping and compelling set of stories. What emerges is the power of individual and collective actions in leveraging business to accelerate progress toward human rights, LGBT+ equality and inclusion.
BETH BROOKE and DAN BROSS, Co-Chairs, Partnership for Global LGBTI Equality
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