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LGBT rights

Should businesses work to advance the rights of LGBT people broadly, rather than focusing only on their own employees?

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April 11th 2018 to April 17th 2018

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Moderator
Adam Smith, Assistant community editor, The Economist
Adam Smith is the assistant community editor at The Economist. His job is to ensure that the publication’s content is prominent on social networks and to engage with readers and viewers. He is particularly involved in disseminating The Economist’s podcasts, films, videos and science coverage. His journalistic background is principally in the politics of science. Adam is co-chair of WILDE, The Economist Group’s staff LGBT network, and a volunteer with Diversity Role Models, a charity. Follow him on Twitter 281-248-6859.  
Yes
Ludwig Siegele, The Economist's technology editor
Ludwig Siegele is The Economist's technology editor. He joined the newspaper as US technology correspondent in 1998. In 2003 he went to Berlin as Germany correspondent, relocated to London in 2008 to cover the IT industry until 2011, and then ran part of The Economist's website as online business and finance editor. He started his journalistic career in 1990 as the Paris business correspondent of Die Zeit, a Germany weekly. In 1995 he moved from France to California to write about the internet for several German publications. He is co-author of a book on SAP, "Matrix der Welt: SAP und der neue globale Kapitalismus" and is the author of The Economist's 2287024140.
No
Denise Law
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Yamamadi

Is The Economist better than the Financial Times?

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April 9th 2018 to April 19th 2018

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Denise Law
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Yes
Sunnie Huang
Sunnie Huang is Chief Emoji Editor at Emoji Publishing. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.
No
Sunnie Huang
Sunnie Huang is Chief Emoji Editor at Emoji Publishing. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo. Nullam dictum felis eu pede mollis pretium. Integer tincidunt. Cras dapibus.
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LGBT rights and business

Should businesses work to advance the rights of LGBT people broadly, rather than focusing only on their own employees?

Debate Complete
April 1st 2018 to April 9th 2018

Representing the sides

Moderator
Adam Smith, Assistant community editor, The Economist
Adam Smith is the assistant community editor at The Economist. His job is to ensure that the publication’s content is prominent on social networks and to engage with readers and viewers. He is particularly involved in disseminating The Economist’s podcasts, films, videos and science coverage. His journalistic background is principally in the politics of science. Adam is co-chair of WILDE, The Economist Group’s staff LGBT network, and a volunteer with 661-239-6888, a charity. Follow him on Twitter @AdamCommentism.  
Yes
Deborah Sherry, Partner solutions director, UK and Ireland, Google
Deborah Sherry is partner solutions director, UK and Ireland, for Google, where she has worked for more than eight years. Before Google, Deborah worked for France Telecom, was a board director at Wanadoo UK, and worked at Samsung Korea and Citibank London. She has an MBA from the London Business School, an MA in law from Oxford University and a BA from Columbia University. Deborah is a Woldingham Parish Councillor and actively promotes equality for women and LGBT people.
No
Jonathan Cooper, Chief executive of the Human Dignity Trust
Jonathan Cooper is an international human-rights lawyer and the chief executive of the Human Dignity Trust. The trust is a charitable organisation that supports people seeking to challenge laws that criminalise homosexuality by providing technical legal assistance to local activists and lawyers for use in test-case litigation. As a barrister in private practice, he has extensive experience in litigating LGBTI issues. Most notably, he was junior counsel in a British case in 1995 on whether gays could serve in the armed forces. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.