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Female and male attendees at Out on the Street

Attendees at the 2013 Out on The Street summit in Hong Kong

Barclays has participated in the Out on the Street summit in Hong Kong which focused on the role of business in advancing LGBT equality in Asia.

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A vital part of Barclays' journey to become the'Go-To' bank is our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters an environment where differences are valued for the perspectives they bring us
Robert Morrice, Chairman and CEO, Barclays Asia Pacific

The event was the first conference of its kind to be held in the region.

Barclays Group Chief Executive Antony Jenkins and Robert Morrice, Chairman and CEO, Barclays Asia Pacific, opened the summit, which took place last week and brought together over 150 senior leaders from across the sector.

Attendees took part in a series of panel discusses to address some of the most pressing issues and opportunities impacting the LGBT community inside and outside the workplace today.

The summit explored how companies in Asia can integrate their LGBT supportive policies, how cultural differences can affect the support given and future plans for the LGBT community in Asia.

Robert Morrice, who joined the opening panel discussion, said: “A vital part of Barclays’ journey to become the ‘Go-To’ bank is our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace that fosters an environment where differences are valued for the perspectives they bring us.

“Out on the Street is an opportunity to work alongside like-minded organisations and commit to fostering an environment where all of our people are respected for their talents and contributions, in an environment that offers everyone – regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity – the same opportunities to be successful.”

The event was chaired by Todd Sears, founder of Out on the Street, who said: “Forward thinking companies, like our members, truly understand the importance of ‘Return on Equality’ – the idea that leadership on social issues has a direct and positive effect on business objectives, from recruiting and employee engagement to bottom-line results and client relationships.”

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Barclays continues to be a leading champion of LGBT inclusion. Spectrum – Barclays’ LGBT Employee network has a combined membership of nearly 2,000 colleagues around the world, and is recognised across the industry as a benchmark for other organisations seeking to achieve similar progress in diversity and inclusion.

Find out more about diversity and inclusion at Barclays

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