Bain Gay and Lesbian Association for Diversity
At Bain, we realize that gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees have unique needs. That's why we created the Bain LGBT Association for Diversity (BGLAD), now over a decade ago.
BGLAD's mission is to support the recruitment and retention of talented LGBT colleagues at Bain and at the Bridgespan Group, our sister nonprofit consulting firm. Accordingly, BGLAD provides:
- A strong and unified diversity message throughout the recruiting process
- An open communications channel with Bain leadership to advise them on LGBT policies and ensure a comfortable work environment.
- Overall awareness of LGBT issues across our global organization.
A culture of acceptance
Bain's LGBT-related policies have created a culture of acceptance that's winning outside recognition. For nearly two decades at Bain (and at Bridgespan since its inception), we have had a written non-discrimination policy that provides LGBT employees with the opportunity to work as openly and "out" as they feel comfortable.
In 2007, the Human Rights Campaign first awarded a perfect score in its Corporate Equality Index to Bain and the Bridgespan Group. We were among the first consulting firms ever to receive this distinction, and have obtained a perfect score ever since. The firm is also rated first in Vault's LGBT diversity ranking in Europe and second in North America, well ahead of its competitors.
In the United States, Bain is the first global consulting firm to offer reimbursement to same-sex couples for federal taxes levied on domestic partner health benefits. Bain is also a sponsor the Uniting American Families Act in the US, which seeks to stop the deportation of bi-national same-sex couples. We've also done valuable work directly with the LGBT community, including projects for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Immigration Equality, and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. In short, we have made great strides towards making Bain and Bridgespan the very best place to work – for everyone.
"Diversity spawns creativity and innovation—two pragmatic yet critical components to our remarkable business success around the globe. Diversity is reflected in our core values, our focus on extraordinary teams and in our culture. BGLAD is a great example of how we foster this spirit across our worldwide offices."
Russ Hagey, Partner and Chief Talent Officer
Active throughout the year
BGLAD facilitates regular informal communication and mentoring among its members in Bain and the Bridgespan Group. The organization:
- Hosts a yearly global summit, an offsite planning meeting that provides opportunities to network and discuss issues
- Hosts events within local office branches, including group outings, office-wide receptions, and speaker luncheons
- Matches each member with a mentor from within BGLAD
- Recruits LGBT talent, hosting receptions at top schools
- Coordinates Bain's recurring sponsorship of "Out for Undergraduate Business Conference" and "Reaching Out MBA," the annual conferences of LGBT undergraduate and business school students, respectively
Why LGBT applicants should get in touch with BGLAD
BGLAD is dedicated to supporting prospective LGBT talent throughout the recruiting process. While Bain's culture of acceptance and warmth towards diversity is already a given, we understand that the decision to join any firm can ultimately depend on making sure that the people and the culture are the right fit for you. That's why we at BGLAD want to take every opportunity to make sure that LGBT applicants feel not only comfortable and reassured about being out during the recruiting process, but also excited about contributing to BGLAD's enduring presence at Bain.
"After indicating interest in BGLAD at Bain's information session, I subsequently received emails and phone calls from numerous friendly BGLAD employees, each offering their own unique insights and experiences about being out in the firm as well as advice about recruiting. Their openness completely reassured me that Bain was the right place to start my career."
Brian Gurewitz, Associate Consultant, New York office
For additional details about BGLAD, or to speak with a BGLAD member, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.