Business should end ‘intolerance of homosexuality’, says Lord Browne

The former CEO of BP, Lord Browne of Madingley, who was forced to resign from the company in 2007 because he committed perjury related to his own homosexuality, has spoken up about anti-gay discrimination in British business.

Browne told BBC business editor Robert Peston: “My sense is that the business world remains more intolerant of homosexuality than other worlds such as the legal profession, the media and the visual arts… I am one of a handful of publicly gay people to have run a FTSE 100 company.”

He said “leaders in companies, and not just in human resources” should “think about inclusion in every decision they take”.

He added: “It comes down to a simple maxim – don’t do anything that excludes people.”

Browne was speaking at the launch of Connect Out, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender network set up by Arup, the engineering and design consultants.

 

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