LGBT+ friendly businesses in Hamilton can now apply for special accreditation

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Published March 24, 2022 at 10:41 am

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The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has announced a new program that will single out local businesses who have gone above and beyond to make their spaces safe for LGBT+ residents.

The Chamber, in partnership with Canada’s LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), is offering businesses an opportunity to apply for the Rainbow Registered Accreditation.

The Federally funded certification recognizes businesses and organizations that are LGBT+ inclusive, and, in turn, helps customers, clients, partners and prospective employees to identify LGBT+ friendly businesses and organizations.

The accreditation is available to businesses and organizations of all sizes and in any industry, the Hamilton Chamber said in a news release.

In order to qualify, applicants will need to meet a set of standards in four areas:

  • Policies and practices
  • Training
  • Commitment to inclusive leadership
  • Culture of inclusivity

If approved, successful applicants will receive Rainbow Registered logos to be displayed prominently and will be listed on a soon-to-be-launched consumer-facing website that will highlight Rainbow Registered businesses across the country.

A free online webinar is being held on Tuesday, April 5 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm to give interested businesses and organizations a chance to learn more about the Rainbow Registered Accreditation Program and inclusive hiring practices.

More information on the program and registration for the webinar can be found on the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s website.

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