Tomorrow, the South African LGBT+ Management Forum will launch South Africa’s first Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI) on IDAHOT Day.

  • Created : May, 16, 2018
  • Last Updated: Aug, 16, 2018

For the first time in South Africa and the region, levels of LGBT+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer) equality and diversity in the workplace will be measured and benchmarked with the inaugural South African Workplace Equality Index (SAWEI) which will be launched on the same day as IDOHOT (International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia) Day.


SAWEI is the flagship project of The South African LGBT+ Management Forum (, a registered PBO funded by The Other Foundation, which will recognise and benchmark best practice across corporate South Africa and identify opportunities on how businesses can improve LGBT+ diversity and inclusion in the workplace and beyond.


The Forum’s Chairperson, Dylan van Vuuren, said, “South Africa should be proud of the strides we are making as a country to recognise the importance of inclusion and equality in the workplace. A generation ago, such an index would not have been possible, and this launch is indeed an historical moment for all South Africans. Similar benchmarks have been highly successful in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and Hong Kong and are a powerful tool to help companies benchmark themselves against peers and to identify areas of improvement. South Africa is maintaining its status as one of the LGBT+ rights trailblazers.”


All companies are invited to participate – free of charge – by completing a set of questions online about LGBT+ equality and inclusion in their company. They may opt to do so anonymously, or have their contribution to a fairer, more inclusive workplace publicly available. The Index will showcase and celebrate the most LGBT+ inclusive employers in South Africa.


Keval Harie, director of Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action Trust (GALA) and a member of the independent SAWEI Advisory Panel; who guides and ensures the independent nature of the survey questions and results, comments: “The launch of the index is a watershed moment. It allows us the opportunity to firstly, measure our workplaces against our constitution and our progressive labour laws in ensuring that meaningful transformation is realised and, secondly, to provide employers and employees alike with valuable insight into ways of creating diverse and safe work spaces.”


The Forum, in collaboration with supporting large corporate companies including Procter and Gamble, EY, ABSA, Shell and Norton Rose Fulbright, will host a launch event on the 17th of May in celebration of both the launch of SAWEI and IDAHOT Day. Please find attached an invite to the launch event for your reference and send an RSVP to


To participate in this year’s Index, please contact the Project Co-ordinator at:

081 328 5757


For media enquiries please contact Farai Morobane at:

079 506 5126