Major corporations signed on to launch a statement by businesses speaking out against an onslaught of anti-LGBT legislation being considered in states around the country. The statement, launched by HRC, calls on public officials to defeat or abandon efforts to enact these harmful pieces of legislation. Other corporations are expected to sign on to the growing list in the coming days, reflecting an ever increasing momentum to stop these bills.
In a Sunday op-ed for The Washington Post, Apple CEO Tim Cook decried pro-discrimination laws as dangerous and called on business leaders to speak up.
“Business leaders have made it abundantly clear that these anti-LGBT bills undermine their core values and set dangerous precedents that stifle investment and economic growth,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Anti-equality lawmakers who value corporate investments in their state should sit up, pay attention, and abandon these bills attacking LGBT people.”
STATEMENT FROM AMERICAN BUSINESSES OPPOSED TO ANTI-LGBT LEGISLATION
“Corporate leaders are speaking out against bills that could allow individuals and businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and other minorities — several versions of which are actively being considered in states across the country.
This proposed legislation is bad for business.
Equality in the workplace is a business priority to foster talent and innovation, and these state laws undermine this core value.
These state laws set a dangerous precedent that stifles investment and economic growth by jeopardizing a state’s status as a welcoming place for employees to live and thrive, undermining the success of a business at large.
It is unreasonable for job creators to recruit a diverse workforce from states that encourage businesses to discriminate against our community of employees or consumers.
While these bills won’t alter our commitment to equality in the workplace, this legislation sends the wrong message about the states in which we operate and threatens our core corporate commitment to respect all individuals.
We the undersigned call for public officials to defeat or abandon efforts to enact this type of harmful legislation.”
As of April 8th:
American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Boehringer-Ingelheim USA Corp.
CHG Healthcare Services, Inc.
Choice Hotels International Inc.
Cisco Systems Inc.
ConAgra Foods Inc.
Daniel J. Edelman Inc.
First Data Corp.
Hachette Book Group
Hilton Worldwide Inc.
Kenneth Cole Productions Inc.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Orbitz Worldwide Inc.
PepsiCo, parent company of Frito Lay
Pernod Ricard USA
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Wells Fargo & Co.
Wyndham Worldwide Corp.
Corporations who wish to sign on can find further information at http://goo.gl/gKEic2