The Human Rights Campaign made an announcement of a new global coalition of companies yesterday at the Clinton Global Initiative meeting.
This global coalition are committed to making worldwide workplaces fair and equal for LGBT employees. Some of the founding members of this coalition include Google, IBM, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble, and AT&T.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, had this to say: “We are proud to bring together some of the world’s largest companies to advance LGBT equality around the globe. These corporate leaders, which employ 1.4 million employees worldwide, understand that equality, inclusion, and engagement are pivotal to business success. Today, they are sending a resounding message that LGBT people are valued, they are equal, and they deserve a fair chance to earn a living and provide for their families no matter where they live.”
The members of the coalition have agreed to implement non-discrimination statements and codes of conduct that are inclusive to LGBT employees. They are also going to be hosting summits in international markets, in order to promote LGBT equality and will also create resource groups designed for LGBT people.
Brad Smith, president of Microsoft, had this to say: “The strengthening of LGBT equality in the workplace makes good sense for companies and for people. We’re committed to treating all of our employees equally, with the respect and dignity they so clearly deserve.”