2017 LGBT Benefits Around the World – Global Edition


The LGBT Benefits Around the World publication provides human resources (HR) and business managers with insight into how companies are addressing the benefits-related needs of their LGBT employees. Developed markets have addressed diversity and non discriminatory regulations applicable to employers for more than three decades, but this is not the case in emerging markets. To better understand the situation around the world, Mercer gathered responses from 50 countries through a single globally run survey.

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With over 500 companies providing data for their operations, the results will help you evaluate benefits for LGBT employees in 50 key countries around the world. Ensure you have the most up-to-date information on how companies are addressing this globally hot topic.

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The expansion of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights and awareness has had profound impacts worldwide. Since 2010 alone, 11 countries have voted to legalize same-sex marriage, more than double the number that did so in the past decade. As norms shift in society and the court of law, it is incumbent upon private industry actors to reassess their own position on LGBT-rights issues so as to stay ahead of the talent market trends. Indeed, in a climate where margins are shrinking, public scrutiny of corporate behavior is increasing, and the labor market is tightening, no organization can afford to overlook its LGBT policy.

Mercer’s 2017 LGBT Benefits Around the World Report is the result of research Mercer conducted a through a global survey in 2016 to find out what range of benefits companies offered, whether they offered one or many policies across regions or markets, what forms of support they offered employees and managers, and other specific aspects and terms of their program. This was in response to numerous requests by our clients for help in understanding the competition landscape and benchmarks around the topic of LGBT Benefits and al its nuances.

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This report addresses the following questions:

• Which benefits are provided to LGBT employees
• Reasons the benefit is not provided
• What is covered for each benefit type


• Diversity Policies
• Benefit Coverage
• Gender Affirmation Treatment
• Family Planning and Care
• HIV Coverage
• LGBT Healthcare Vendors

Both the key findings and detailed country report pages within this global publication can provide companies with valuable insight into one of the most topical areas within employee benefits. The data can help companies gauge market standards for these benefits across their organization.

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