Companies Launch Business Coalition for the Equality Act

Filed under: Federal Advocacy, Workplace

In March 2016, HRC announced the launch of HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, a coalition of 80 major employers that have officially endorsed the bipartisan Equality Act. 

Since HRC joined with lawmakers and advocates last July to introduce the Equality Act in Congress, HRC has continued to build support from the business community. With operations in all 50 states, headquarters spanning 22 states and a combined $1.9 trillion in revenue, the companies that make up the coalition employ over 4.2 million people in the United States.

Members of HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act include:

  • Abercrombie & Fitch Co.
  • Accenture
  • Airbnb Inc.
  • Amazon.com Inc.
  • American Airlines
  • American Eagle Outfitters
  • Apple Inc.
  • Best Buy Co. Inc.
  • Biogen
  • Boehringer Ingelheim USA Corp.
  • Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc.
  • Brown-Forman Corp.
  • CA Technologies Inc.
  • Caesars Entertainment Corp.
  • Capital One Financial Corp.
  • Cardinal Health Inc.
  • Choice Hotels International Inc
  • Corning Inc.
  • CVS Health Corp.
  • Diageo North America
  • Dropbox Inc.
  • EMC Corp.
  • Facebook Inc.
  • Gap Inc.
  • General Electric Co.
  • General Mills Inc.
  • Google Inc.
  • Hewlett-Packard Co.
  • Hilton Worldwide Inc.
  • Hyatt Hotels Corp.
  • IBM Corp.
  • Intel Corp.
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kellogg Co.
  • Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Marriott International Inc.
  • MasterCard Inc.
  • McGraw Hill Financial
  • Microsoft Corp.
  • Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • Monsanto Co.
  • Moody's Corp.
  • Nike Inc.
  • Office Depot Inc.
  • Oracle Corp.
  • Orbitz Worldwide Inc.
  • PepsiCo Inc.
  • Qualcomm Inc.
  • Replacements Ltd.
  • Salesforce
  • Sodexo Inc.
  • Symantec Corp.
  • T-Mobile USA Inc.
  • Target Corp.
  • Tech Data Corp.
  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • The Dow Chemical Co.
  • The Hershey Company
  • Twitter Inc.
  • Unilever
  • WeddingWire Inc.

Discrimination is a real and persistent problem for too many LGBTQ Americans. Nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans have reported experiencing discrimination in HRC’s polling  -- including people like Carter Brown, a transgender man who lost his job after he was outed as transgender by his colleagues. Currently, 50 percent of LGBTQ Americans live in states where they are at risk of being fired, denied housing or refused service because of who they are or whom they love.

HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act launch comes after new polling released by the nonpartisan Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) found that nationally, support for a bill like the Equality Act topped 70 percent, which includes a majority of Democrats, Republicans and Independents. The groundbreaking report from PRRI included 42,000 interviews in 50 states and found support for the Equality Act in all 50 states.

Learn more about the coalition here and for more information in the Equality Act, click here.