Speaking this week at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Vice President Joe Biden called on business leaders to promote LGBT rights around the globe.

According to Reuters, gay rights are on the World Economic Forum's official agenda for the first time this year.

Biden called on executives to use their influence to push for greater acceptance of LGBT rights in countries where sexual minorities face repression.

“You can change the terms of debate,” Biden said. “You actually put governments on notice.”

Such discrimination has no cultural justification, Biden said.

“People used to be cannibals as part of their culture. People used to do terrible things as part of their culture,” he said, banging his fist on a table.

Biden added that he routinely brings up the topic when meeting with world leaders: “I have had some run-ins with at least four heads of state already on this.”

Nathan Blecharczyk of Airbnb, Muhtar Kent of The Coca Cola Company and Anthony Scaramucci of SkyBridge Capital were among the U.S. executives who attended the meeting.