The EGLCC was founded in June 2018 by 3 national LGBTI Business units, the SGLCC (Scandinavian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), the IGLBC (the Italian GLBT Business Chamber) and East meets West, the Vienna based organisation with a clear Central & East European focus. In July 2019, EGLCC was joined by the GGLBC (German LGBTIQ* Business Chamber). The EGLCC has its official seat in Stockholm, Sweden and is open for each nationally based LGBTI Chamber of Commerce in Europe that subscribes to the principles as put down in the Vienna Declaration on LGBTI Businesses.
The Aim of EGLCC
The EGLCC defined 4 key aims:
- We want to make the European LGBTI businesses more visible so that they become a relevant group in their local business community
- We want to increase the social acceptance of LGBTI people in a business environment so that they can become a influential player in their business community
- We want diversity to become a relevant value in the business world which will lead to powerful collaborations and create unique business opportunities
- We want to make clear that coming out in business is not a threat to their existing successes but that it is as valuable as a personal coming out, it makes the businesses stronger, more authentic and more successful
The proud members of the EGLCC, the four active in Europe LGBTI Business Chambers: