Travelling abroad on business is often considered a perk for employees, but for others it may be more of a threat.

The annual index of safe (and not so safe) places for members of the LGBTQ community to travel to has been published. As well as ranking the top destinations, there is a stark reminder at the bottom of the list just how dangerous the world can be for some workers. Although the FCO may not warn against travel generally, think about the conversations you should be having with staff before ordering a trip. Even travelling to popular conference destinations, such as the UAE can be problematic.

Be prepared to have conversations with staff and avoid making any judgments, especially any that may be to the detriment of any worker, whether LGBTQ, a parent or of any particular religion, all of which will be protected from discriminatory treatment.

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