The below blog post is co-authored by Mike Corkerry, Executive Director – AT&T International External Affairs, & Scott Sapperstein, Executive Director – AT&T Public Affairs.
In 1975, AT&T was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to adopt a non-discrimination policy toward sexual orientation, and in 1998, we were one of the first to adopt domestic partner benefits for LGBT employees.
We are proud to say that our history of promoting equality and inclusion continues. Today, during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, two new global LGBT programs were announced which AT&T is supporting:
- Open For Business – a coalition of global companies making the case that inclusive, diverse societies are better for business.
- The Human Rights Campaign’s global coalition – a commitment with other businesses to support equal treatment of LGBT employees globally.
Here’s more information on both programs.
Open For Business:
Fourteen of the world’s global companies, including AT&T, launched the first business-led coalition supporting LGBT inclusion. The purpose of Open For Business is to make and promote a positive business and economic case for global LGBT rights. As businesses with customers, employees, suppliers and operations around the world, the coalition believes successful, enterprising businesses thrive in diverse, inclusive societies, and the spread of anti-LGBT policies runs counter to the interests of business and economic development.
Open For Business also published a comprehensive report today which shows that successful businesses thrive in open, diverse and inclusive societies. The report, ‘Open For Business: the Economic and Business Case for LGBT Inclusion,’ presents the most substantial evidence-base to date on this subject, demonstrating that:
- Economies perform better without discrimination against LGBT persons.
- Companies perform better in societies that support LGBT inclusion.
- Individuals perform better in environments that support LGBT inclusion.
Click here for more information on the report and the coalition.
The Human Rights Campaign’s global coalition:
AT&T is among 12 founding members of a global coalition, created by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), committed to advancing LGBT workplace equality around the world. Together, we have committed to safeguarding workplace fairness and equality for LGBT employees across our global operations, representing the first group of businesses that are on-record with our global workforce policies. The formation of this coalition is particularly critical in environments where businesses have not had a platform to reiterate their LGBT policies.
The coalition will raise the profile of the business case for LGBT equality around the world with opportunities to collaborate with HRC on LGBT workplace inclusion summits in different global markets, develop resources and best practice case studies, and will be held accountable to these global policies via HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.
Click here for more information on HRC’s coalition.
For the last 11 years, AT&T has received a 100 percent score on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, which measures commitment to equality, non-discrimination and inclusion in the workplace.
Through these two new initiatives, we can continue to make progress on promoting inclusion and equality, and deepen our commitment to our employees, customers and communities throughout the global LGBT community.