Early last week, the world’s largest professional body of engineers amended its Code of Ethics -- by which all of its more than 425,000 members must abide -- to include a nondiscrimination policy based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.
More than two-thirds of the Board of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, an international professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence, voted in favor of the Code of Ethics changes.
Under the new professional policy, members of the IEEE, many of whom live in nations that still lag behind in LGBT protections, must treat their LGBT colleagues with the respect and dignity they so rightfully deserve,
IEEE's move sends a powerful message to the international community about importance of LGBT-inclusivity. Not only is equality the right thing to do, it’s a sound business practice.