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Partnership Investors Recognized as LGBTQ+ Friendly in 2021

LGBTQ+ Friendly Businesses

February 18, 2021

In 2021, the Greater Des Moines Partnership will continue to work to implement Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) into its programs and services, including through training and development opportunities. When LGBTQ individuals are able to bring their true authentic selves to the workplace, they are more productive, have greater job satisfaction and commitment and stay in those jobs longer helping to save the company money. It is important for organizations to be well versed in language surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, in order to create an inclusive environment. The Partnership’s own commitment to inclusion is apparent in its hosting of the annual Inclusion Summit and other various opportunities, as well as through the dedication to DEI policies and practices of its many Investors, Members and Affiliate Chambers.

According to UCLA school of law, 4.5% of U.S. population and 3.6% of Iowa population identify as LGBTQ+. In an era when many cities are seeing a decline in population and workforce, we cannot afford to exclude any members of our communities from the workforce with unwelcoming, unfriendly and discriminatory policies. How do LGBTQ+ individuals impact business?

  • LGBTQ+-inclusive cities are more globally competitive as evidence shows they have stronger “innovation ecosystems,” greater concentrations of skills and talent and better quality of life.
  • LGBTQ+-inclusive workplaces are more likely to attract and retain top talent, retain a loyal consumer base and drive innovation.

DSM: A Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality

In view of this, The Partnership is pleased to share that the following Investors have been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) as Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality:

For a complete list of all businesses with a CEI Rating, click here.

Check out our Untapped talent toolkit to learn more about LGBTQ inclusion and resources. You can also find information on DEI certification through The Partnership here.

Greater Des Moines (DSM) welcomes diverse talent to the region. As one of the fastest growing business communities, inclusion and attracting diverse talent in the workplace is a key strategy of the Greater Des Moines Partnership. Learn more here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is the economic and community development organization that serves Greater Des Moines (DSM), Iowa. Together with 23 Affiliate Chambers of Commerce, more than 6,500 Regional Business Members and more than 400 Investors, The Partnership drives economic growth with one voice, one mission and as one region. Through innovation, strategic planning and global collaboration, The Partnership grows opportunity, helps create jobs and promotes DSM as the best place to build a business, a career and a future. Learn more at DSMpartnership.com.