Equality is Our Business
In the wake of 2015’s rash of anti-LGBTQ bills, corporate leaders from around the United States have weighed in to declare that such bills are bad for business.
Currently dozens of businesses have signed HRC’s Equality is Our Business statement. To add your business to the list, please download the statement, have an official representative from your company or firm sign it and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org .
The current list includes:
- adidas America
- American Airlines
- American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
- American Express Global Business Travel
- Apple Inc.
- Barilla America Inc.
- Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
- Boehringer-Ingelheim USA Corp.
- Broadridge Financial Solutions Inc.
- Caesars Entertainment Corp.
- Cage Free Productions
- CHG Healthcare Services, Inc.
- Choice Hotels International Inc.
- Chubb Group of Insurance Companies
- Cisco Systems Inc.
- Citigroup Inc.
- CME Group Inc.
- ConAgra Foods Inc.
- Daniel J. Edelman Inc.
- EMC Corp.
- First Data Corp.
- Freescale Semiconductor Inc.
- Gap Inc.
- Gild Inc.
- Hachette Book Group
- HERE North America LLC
- Hilton Worldwide Inc.
- JetBlue Airways Corp.
- JPMorgan Chase & Co.
- Kenneth Cole Productions Inc.
- Levi Strauss & Co.
- Lithium Technologies Inc.
- Microsoft Corp.
- Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
- Monsanto Co.
- Navigant Consulting Inc.
- Nordstrom Inc.
- Orbitz Worldwide Inc.
- PepsiCo, parent company of Frito Lay
- Pernod Ricard USA
- Redfin Inc.
- Replacements Ltd.
- SAP America Inc.
- Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
- Symantec Corp.
- Verizon Communications Inc.
- Wells Fargo & Co.
- Williams-Sonoma Inc.
- Wyndham Worldwide Corp.
In addition to the above companies, dozens of tech leaders have signed on to the powerful Joint Statement from Tech Industry Leaders. Check out the statement and signatories below:
The values of diversity, fairness and equality are central to our industry. These values fuel creativity and inspiration, and those in turn make the U.S. technology sector the most admired in the world today.
We believe it is critically important to speak out about proposed bills and existing laws that would put the rights of minorities at risk. The transparent and open economy of the future depends on it, and the values of this great nation are at stake.
Religious freedom, inclusion, and diversity can co-exist and everyone including LGBTQ people and people of faith should be protected under their states’ civil rights laws. No person should have to fear losing their job or be denied service or housing because of who they are or whom they love.
However, right now those values are being called into question in states across the country. In more than twenty states, legislatures are considering legislation that could empower individuals or businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people by denying them service if it they felt it violated their religious beliefs.
To ensure no one faces discrimination and ensure everyone preserves their right to live out their faith, we call on all legislatures to add sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes to their civil rights laws and to explicitly forbid discrimination or denial of services to anyone.
Anything less will only serve to place barriers between people, create hurdles to creativity and inclusion, and smother the kind of open and transparent society that is necessary to create the jobs of the future. Discrimination is bad for business and that’s why we've taken the time to join this joint statement.
Max Levchin, CEO, Affirm
Mark Pincus, Chairman, Zynga
Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO, Yelp
Marc Benioff, CEO, Salesforce
Jack Dorsey, CEO, Square
Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter
Logan Green, CEO, Lyft
Brian Chesky, CEO, Airbnb
Joe Gebbia, CPO, Airbnb
Nathan Blecharczyk, CTO, Airbnb
Ron Conway, Founder, SV Angel
John Donahoe, CEO, Ebay
Paul Graham, CoFounder, YCombinator
Rich Barton, Chairman, Zillow Group
Chad Hurley, CEO, Mixbit
Adora Cheung, CEO, Homejoy
Phil Libin, CEO, Evernote
Trevor Traina, CEO, IfOnly
Nirav Tolia, CEO, Nextdoor
Dion Lim, CEO, NextLesson
Bret Taylor, CEO, Quip
Joe Lonsdale, Managing Partner, Formation 8
Thomas Layton, Chairman, Elance-odesk
Fabio Rosati, CEO, Elance-odesk
Dave Morin, CEO, Path
Mark Goldstein, Chairman, BackOps
Kevin Rose, CEO, North Technologies
Yves Behar, CCO, Jawbone
Padmasree Warrior, CTSO, Cisco Systems
Tony Conrad, CEO, about.me
Sunil Paul, CEO, Sidecar
Michael Moritz, Chairman, Sequoia Capital
Dan Schulman, President, PayPal
Devin Wenig, President, eBay Marketplaces
Robert Hohman, CEO, Glassdoor
Laurene Powell Jobs, Founder and Chair, Emerson Collective
Mohan Warrior, CEO, Alphalight
David Spector, CEO, ThirdLove
Shervin Pishevar, CoFounder, Sherpa Ventures
David Karp, CEO, Tumblr
Reid Hoffman, Chairman, Linkedin
Kevin Ryan, Chairman, Gilt
Michael Birch, CoFounder, Bebo
Hosain Rahman, CEO, Jawbone
John Zimmer, President, Lyft
Bill Ready, CEO, Braintree
Jon Oringer, CEO, Shutterstock Images
Drew Houston, CEO, Dropbox
Bijan Sabet, General Partner, Spark Capital
Douglas Merrill, CEO, ZestFinance
Tom Sheahan, CEO, RedOxygen
Brian Samelson, CEO, eMaint.com
Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn
Daniel Lurie, CEO, Tipping Point Community
Aaron Levie, CEO, Box
Jeff Weiner, CEO, Linkedin
Gary Moore, President & COO, Cisco
Travis Katz, CEO, Gogobot
Joe Davis, CEO, Webtrends
Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft
Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft
Josh Kopelman, Partner, First Round Capital
Rob Glaser, CEO, Realnetworks
Brian Krzanich, CEO, Intel
Jason Goldberg, CEO, hem
Evan Reece, CEO, Liftopia
Dave Gilboa, CoFounder, Warby Parker
Neil Blumenthal, CoFounder, Warby Parker
Sean Parker, Chairman, Airtime
Reed Hastings, CEO, Netflix
Charles Phillips, CEO, Infor
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, CEO, Joyus.com
Michael Brown, President & CEO, Symantec
Sarah Leary, CoFounder, Nextdoor
Katie Stanton, VP, Twitter
Karen Appleton, Founder, Box.org
Brit Morin, CEO, Brit + Co
Susan Wojcicki, CEO, Youtube
Melody McCloskey, Founder, StyleSeat
Brandee Barker, Co-Founder & Partner, The Pramana Collective
Greg Tseng, CEO, if(we)
David Tisch, Chairman, Boxgroup
Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, BackOps
Jessica Herrin, CEO, Stella & Dot
Brian O’Kelley, CEO, AppNexus
Jeff Lawson, CEO, Twilio
Steven R. Boal, CEO, Coupons.com
Gary Shapiro, CEO, Consumer Electronics Association
Kim Jabal, CFO, Path
Ryan Holmes, CEO, Hootsuite
Alison Pincus. Co-Founder, One Kings Lane
Jeremy Liew, Managing Director, Lightspeed Venture Partners
Larry Page, President, Google
Eric Schmidt, Chairman, Google
Travis Kalanick, CEO, Uber Technologies
Brad Smith, CEO, Intuit
Mike Huang, CEO, Glow
Aileen Lee, Founder, Cowboy Ventures
Kristen Koh Goldstein, CEO, Scalus
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook
Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook
Chris Nicholas, President, Asymmetrica Labs
Ken Brownfield, CTO, Asymmetrica Labs
Stacy Brown-Philpot, COO, TaskRabbit
Nick Woodman, CEO of GoPro
Tony Bates, President of GoPro
Jack Lazar, CFO of GoPro
Tracy DiNunzio, CEO, Tradesy
John Chambers, Chairman and CEO, Cisco
Lorna Borenstein, CEO, Grokker.com
Michelle Peluso, CEO, Gilt
Ben Silbermann, CEO Pinterest
Lloyd Carney, CEO, Brocade
Irakly George Arison, CEO, Shift Technologies Inc.
Evan Goldberg, CTO, Netsuite
Zach Nelson, CEO, Netsuite
David Hassell, CEO, 15Five
Brian McAndrews, CEO, Pandora Media
Jared Fliesler, General Partner, Matrix Partners
Joshua Kushner, Chairman, Oscar Health
Marissa Mayer, CEO, Yahoo!
Bracken P. Darrell, CEO, Logitech
Eric Lefkofsky, CEO, Groupon
Dr. David A. Shaywitz, CMO, DNAnexus
Dan Rosensweig, CEO, Chegg.com
Amanda Kahlow, CEO, 6Sense
Tim Westergren, Founder, Pandora
Steven Zylstra, CEO, The Arizona Technology Council
Chris Wanstrath , CEO, GitHub
Lowell C. McAdam, Chairman & CEO, Verizon
John G. Stratton, Executive Vice President & President of Operations, Verizon
Marni M. Walden, Executive Vice President & President of Product Innovation & New Businesses, Verizon
Mario Acosta-Velez, Director, State - Government Affairs, Verizon
Jim Cicconi, Senior Executive Vice President, AT&T Inc.
Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA
Thomas McAfee, Cofounder & President, Distinc.tt
Ed Zimmerman, Chair & Co-FOunder, Tech Group, Lowenstein Sandler LLP
James Avery, CEO, Adzerk
Al Lieb, CEO, Clearside
Bob Moore, Tecna
Joe Tucci, CEO, EMC Corp.
David Goulden, CEO, EMC Infrastructure
Chad Dickerson, CEO of Etsy
Matt Mullenweg, CEO, Automattic
John “Coz” Colgrove, CTO and Founder, Pure Storage
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