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Our History of LGBT Inclusion

BCG has long led by example in our efforts to create an inclusive environment for our LGBT employees.

BCG was a pioneer of LGBT equality in the workplace. Here are some of the key moments in our history of LGBT inclusion:

  • In 1994, we were one of the first companies to offer benefits to employees and their same-sex partners.
  • In 1998, the LGBT Network (LGBTN) was formed. LGBTN is open to all BCG employees, with three levels of membership based on each member’s personal level of comfort with being “out.”
  • In 2003, as membership continued to expand, we established an annual meeting during which members across the globe could come together for a weekend of working sessions.
  • In 2011, BCG introduced tax equalization for health care benefits paid to the partners of same-sex employees. This offer applied to same-sex partners, regardless of their marital status. Then, in 2012, BCG added gender transition support for trans employees to every employee's health benefits package.
  • In 2011, we received the Human Rights Campaign's Workplace Innovation award for our "holistic approach to career development and affiliation" for LGBT employees.
  • In 2013, the LGBTN began rolling out a new program aimed at supporting our global business services team (BST). The LGBTN recognized that our non-consulting team members have different career development needs, avenues for affiliation, and local business environments. Since the rollout of the program, we have seen LGBTN membership among BST employees more than double.
  • In 2015, BCG joined 378 other organizations in an employer amicus brief to the US Supreme Court, urging for full marriage equality in the United States.
  • In 2016, Tom Wurster, former senior partner and cofounder of BCG's LGBT Network, founded the first LGBT Executive Leadership Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
  • In late August, BCG hosted the Canberra launch of Out for Australia, a national mentoring organization for LGBTI students, at the National Museum of Australia. Andrew Barr, the Chief Minister for the Australian Capital Territory and Australia's first openly LGBTI head of government, recognized BCG as a leader in promoting LGBTI inclusion in the workplace and discussed his efforts to promote LGBTI equality in Australian public policy. More than 170 LGBTI and ally students and professionals attended, including several of BCG's clients in the Australian Government.
  • In September 2016, BCG joined Open For Business, a coalition of 22 multinational corporations working together to promote the idea that diverse, inclusive societies are good for business and essential for economic growth.
  • On February 3, 2017, the Office Administrator of the Paris office signed the charter from the national French association ‘l’Autre Cercle’ promoting LGBT inclusion in the workplace. BCG is now the first strategy consulting firm who signed this charter in France (alongside major international and CAC40 companies, such as IBM, Total, AXA, GE, Dell, Veolia).
  • In 2018, the LGBT Network renamed itself as Pride@BCG to be more inclusive.