WE ARE GLOBE
GLOBE is the association for an inclusive OECD community where all sexual orientations and gender identities are welcome. GLOBE holds regular meetings and organises social and cultural events, including networking opportunities and seminars. The association maintains a visible presence at events such as the Paris Pride march, and engages with other associations in Paris and beyond.
Starting with just four members, GLOBE was founded in 2001 by people of different genders and sexual orientations—a diverse group with a common set of goals.
The first goal was to provide equal rights to couples regardless of sexual orientation, including parental leave and health care coverage. The second goal was to create a safe space for staff and their spouses of all sexual orientations and gender identities to associate openly and freely. The third goal was to add the lens of sexual orientation and gender identity to the policy work of the OECD.
Through dedicated efforts of GLOBE, recognition for same-sex couples was achieved several years before same-sex marriage was legalised in France.
The very first communications of GLOBE were sent by post to private addresses in order to protect people’s identities. This history reveals how society is evolving and how organisations like GLOBE help it advance. In 2019, GLOBE handed out rainbow lanyards to members, making the values of inclusion and respect more visible than ever before.
With support from its volunteer board and hundreds of subscribers, GLOBE’s objectives and initiatives come entirely from its members. GLOBE’s work includes securing inclusive staff policies; offering moral support to individuals; promoting an inclusion perspective in OECD policy work; and organising social events. GLOBE also underscores the diversity of thought needed for the OECD to succeed in its pursuit of better policies for better lives.
Membership of GLOBE is open to all current and former staff of the OECD, delegations, and other international organisations, who share a common belief in equality and inclusiveness. Even for members who are not active in the association, many are glad to know that GLOBE exists as a supportive community.
2001 OECD GLOBE is founded and open to all OECD staff and partners, Delegations, and retirees.
2006 For the first time, a non-married male staff member is granted parental leave after adopting two newborns with his partner. The decision was made by current OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurría.
2012 Conference organised by GLOBE on “The Cost of Homophobia”. Thanks to GLOBE, the OECD is the first organisation to measure quantitatively the economic impact of homophobia, adding an evidence-base dimension to existing discussions of rights and inclusion.
2013 May 18th Same-sex marriage becomes legal in France!
2017 GLOBE members march together to represent the association at Paris Pride for the first time.
2017 Publication of “LGBTI Inclusiveness”, the OECD project on the socio-economic conditions of sexual and gender identity minorities by the Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affairs of the OECD.
2017 “Parental leave” becomes the official wording in OECD HR rules, giving access to this important right to staff regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or marital status. Thus, non-married female staff also gain access to parental leave when their partner gives birth.
2018 Women's membership almost triples from 12% to 33%.
2018 “Pride in the City” panel discussion exploring how LGBTQI events can help to foster a diverse and multi-faceted urban landscape. Panellists include representatives from Amsterdam Pride, the Gay Games, Mairie de Paris, the French Ministry of Sports, and the OECD.