LGBTI Equal Rights Association for Western Balkans and Turkey
The LGBTIQ Employment Equality Index is the first of its kind in Albania as well as in the non-EU states of the Balkans. It is a ranking system to determine how well companies respect the rights and dignity of LGBTIQ persons in their hiring, training, development, and general employment practices. In addition, it rates their compliance with local labor laws on the topic. The Headhunter Group, has decided to launch such an Index as part of its commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and Workplace Diversity. The Group has an intrinsic commitment to see equal employment opportunities extended to all citizens. The Group is also well-placed to create and launch such an Index, as it has the credibility within the private sector to act as a judge of human resource policies.
This results of this index from 2016 show that companies in Albania have very little in the way of human resource policies and practices to protect and uphold the rights and dignity of minority job-seekers and employees. Those which do include some policies and practices do not specifically extend them to LGBTIQ Albanians.
Each year, on or around the International Day of Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (on May 17), the Headhunter Group presents awards to the companies which have been exemplary in protecting the rights and upholding the dignity of LGBTIQ job-seekers and employees.