Goldman Sachs Recognized as Top Employer for LGBT Inclusion in Asia Pacific

Goldman Sachs was recently recognized for its efforts in promoting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) inclusion in Hong Kong and Australia.

The firm was ranked top employer for the second year in a row in LGBT Inclusion in Hong Kong in the second biennial Workplace Inclusion Index by the nonprofit Community Business. 

“We are honored to receive the top position on the Index for a second time,” said James Houghton, head of Asia Pacific ex-Japan Fixed Income, Currency and Commodities Distribution and sponsor of the firm’s employee Hong Kong LGBT Network. The firm was recognized at the Community Business LGBT Inclusion Award Gala dinner on May 17.

Kent Wasson, chief operating officer for Asia Pacific Federation and head of the Hong Kong LGBT Network, also received the LGBT Ally Award, recognizing his personal passion for and commitment to promoting LGBT inclusion in the workplace and beyond.  

“Generations before us have fought for racial equality and for gender equality, and while those battles continue, I believe the civil rights focus for our generation is LGBT inclusion, and I want to be at the forefront of that movement,” Kent said.

In Australia, the firm was recognized as a Platinum Employer at the annual Pride in Diversity Australia Workplace Equality Index Awards on May 19, for the second year. The AWEI serves as a national benchmark on LGBTI workplace inclusion, and the firm has placed in the top five in the Index each year since its inception in 2010.