The State Department Welcomes the Royal Bank of Canada to the Global Equality Fund

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 2, 2014

The State Department welcomes the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) as the newest Partner of the Global Equality Fund.

Launched in December 2011, the Global Equality Fund supports civil society’s efforts to advance and protect the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons around the world. The Fund brings together the resources and expertise of governments, corporations, foundations, and civil society organizations with the shared objective of creating an environment in which LGBT persons can live freely and without discrimination. It is managed by the U.S. Department of State with the participation of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Since its launch, the Fund has provided over $12 million in over 50 countries worldwide to provide civil society organizations and human rights defenders with emergency assistance in response to threats or harassment, build organizational capacity for human rights, advocacy, and development, and provide support to combat negative social attitudes and societal discrimination.

As a Partner of the Fund, RBC joins the United States and the governments of Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden, and the Arcus Foundation, the John D. Evans Foundation, LLH: the Norwegian LGBT Organization, the M.A.C AIDS Fund, Deloitte, and Out Leadership. Together, these organizations are committed to protecting and promoting the human rights of LGBT persons worldwide.

One of the largest banks in the world with over 80,000 employees across 45 countries, RBC brings to the Fund significant experience in advancing diversity and inclusion. Partnership with RBC will expand the Global Equality Fund’s scope and breadth in providing critical emergency and long-term assistance to advance and protect the human rights of LGBT persons around the world.

RBC’s contribution will be matched by the Arcus Foundation, which pledged to match corporate contributions to the Fund up to a total of $1 million, through December 31, 2014.