Business Statement on Anti-LGBTQ State Legislation

 

[NOTE]:
For years, business leaders have shared the detrimental business impacts of policies and debates that exclude LGBTQ people from full participation in daily life, including negative impacts on workforce, recruitment, productivity, and bottom line.
In recent years, these policies have increasingly targeted LGBTQ youth, including a variety of attempts to isolate transgender youth and to make schools less safe and inclusive for LGBTQ young people. Today we are seeing further expansion into policies that would block mention of LGBTQ-inclusive families in schools, lead to book banning, and even attack the sexual harassment prevention, safe workplace, and diversity, equity, and inclusion trainings and programs that are essential to corporate operations, ethics, and legal obligations.
These issues remain major concerns for business leaders, who are hearing concerns from employees and recruits about safety and inclusion for themselves and their children in states where such policies are pursued. The cumulative effect of these many attempts to exclude LGBTQ people is real, and these business signatories remain impacted by these issues. This letter, originally published in 2020, continues to grow as business leaders seek to ensure that their team members feel safe and included everywhere they operate.

LAST UPDATED: June 15, 2022
TOTAL SIGNERS: 276
Email [email protected] to join

The companies joining this statement do business, create jobs, and serve customers throughout the United States. Our businesses strongly embrace diversity and inclusion because we want everyone who works for us or does business with us to feel included and welcomed as their true, authentic selves. Fairness, equal treatment, and opportunity are central to our corporate values because we care about our employees and the customers we serve. What’s more, these values also matter to our bottom lines. Inclusive business practices lead to more productive and engaged employees, increased customer satisfaction; and, ultimately, improved competitiveness and financial performance.

We are deeply concerned by the bills being introduced in state houses across the country that single out LGBTQ individuals – many specifically targeting transgender youth – for exclusion or differential treatment. Laws that would affect access to medical care for transgender people, parental rights, social and family services, student sports, or access to public facilities such as restrooms, unnecessarily and uncharitably single out already marginalized groups for additional disadvantage. They seek to put the authority of state government behind discrimination and promote mistreatment of a targeted LBGTQ population.

These bills would harm our team members and their families, stripping them of opportunities and making them feel unwelcome and at risk in their own communities. As such, it can be exceedingly difficult for us to recruit the most qualified candidates for jobs in states that pursue such laws, and these measures can place substantial burdens on the families of our employees who already reside in these states. Legislation promoting discrimination directly affects our businesses, whether or not it occurs in the workplace.

As we make complex decisions about where to invest and grow, these issues can influence our decisions. America’s business community has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws have a negative effect on our employees, our customers, our competitiveness, and state and national economies.

As business leaders dedicated to equal treatment, respect, and opportunity for all – as well as to improving the financial and investment climate across the country – we call for public leaders to abandon or oppose efforts to enact this type of discriminatory legislation and ensure fairness for all Americans.

 

Signed:

1-800-FLOWERS.COM, Inc.
2U, Inc.
23andMe
AMN Healthcare
Abercrombie & Fitch
Accenture
Acxiom LLC
The Adecco Group
Adobe, Inc.
Advance Auto Parts
AEO Inc.
Affirm
Airbnb
Albemarle Corporation
AllianceBernstein
Ally
Altria Group Inc.
Amalgamated Bank
Amazon
American Airlines
American Express
American Honda Motor Company
Amgen, Inc.
Anaplan
Apple
Applied Materials, Inc.
Arcadis U.S. Inc.
Asana, Inc.
Ascena
AT&T
Atlassian
Autodesk
Avanade, Inc.
BASF Corporation
BBVA USA
BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe)
Baker Tilly US
Bayer US LLC
Beam Suntory
Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.
Berkshire Bank
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Biogen
Block, Inc. (formerly Square, Inc.)
Bloomberg LP
Blueprint Medicines
Boehringer Ingelheim USA
Boston Consulting Group
Boston Scientific
Bounteous
Box, Inc.
Bright Health Group
Bright Horizons Family Solutions
Brown-Forman Corporation
CNA Insurance
CVS Health
Capital One
Cardinal Health
Cargill
Cargo Transporters, Inc.
Carlson
Celanese
Center for Community Self-Help
Chobani
Citigroup, Inc.
Clearway Energy Group
The College Board
Comcast NBC Universal
Compass
CONVERSE, Inc.
Corning Incorporated
Cowen Inc.
CSAA Insurance Group
Curology
DWS Investments
Dechert LLP
Deckers Brands (UGG, HOKA, Teva, Sanuk, and Koolaburra by UGG)
Dell Technologies
Deutsche Bank USA Corp.
Discord
Dow Inc.
Doximity
Dropbox Inc.
EAB
EDP Renewables North America
EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Electronics
Early Warning Services, LLC
Eastern Bank
Elanco Animal Health
Electronic Arts
Equinix
Equitable
Etsy, Inc.
FactSet Research Systems, Inc.
Fastly
Flexport, Inc.
G2
GP Strategies Corporation
Gap, Inc.
Gearbox
Genentech
General Mills
General Motors
Gilead Sciences, Inc.
GitHub
Glassdoor
GoDaddy
Google
Gusto
H&M
H&R Block
HP, Inc.
HSBC Bank USA
Harley-Davidson Motorcycle Company
The Hartford
Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Hilton
Hyatt
Hyve Solutions
IBM Corp.
ICM Partners
IHG Hotels & Resorts
IHS Markit
IKEA North America Services, LLC
Included Health
Indigo Ag
Instacart
Intel
International Flavors and Fragrances, Inc. (IFF)
Interpublic Group
Intuit
Invitae Corporation
JCPenney
Jacobs
Johnson & Johnson
Kaplan, Inc.
Kearney
Kellogg Company
The Knot Worldwide
The Kraft Heinz Company
Lam Research
LinkedIn
LegalZoom
Levi Strauss & Co.
Lexmark International, Inc.
Logitech
Lululemon
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics
Lyft, Inc.
Macy’s, Inc.
Mailchimp
Marriott International, Inc.
Mars, North America
Marsh McLennan
MassMutual
Mastercard
Mattel, Inc.
McKesson
Medtronic PLC
Meow Wolf
Merck
Meta
MetLife, Inc.
Micron
Microsoft
Mobilize
Molson Coors Beverage Company
Momentive
Mondelez International
NI
NXP USA, Inc.
New Belgium Brewing
NextRoll, Inc.
Niantic
Nielsen
Nike, Inc.
Nordstrom, Inc.
Nuance Communications
Okta
Olo
Oracle Corporation
PNC Financial Services Group
PwC
Pacific Gas & Electric Company
Paramount Global
Pariveda Solutions
Patagonia
Patreon
PayPal
Peloton Interactive, Inc.
PepsiCo, Inc.
PetSmart, LLC
Pfizer Inc.
Pinterest
PowerSchool
Power Home Remodeling
Prudential Financial, Inc.
REI Co-op
RES (Renewable Energy Systems)
Ralph Lauren
Randstad US
Realogy Holdings Corp.
Red Hat, Inc.
Redfin Real Estate
Ripple
Royal Bank of Canada
SAP
SAGE Publishing
Salesforce
Shell USA, Inc.
Shipt, Inc.
Shutterstock
Siemens Corporation, USA
Siemens Healthineers USA
Silicon Labs
Signet Jewelers
Sony Interactive Entertainment
Sony Music Group
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Splunk
Starbucks
State Street Corporation
Sun Life
Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, including member companies Danone North America; Mars, Incorporated; Nestlé USA; and Unilever United States
Symetra Life Insurance Company
Synchrony Financial
TD SYNNEX
T-Mobile
Takeda Pharmaceuticals, U.S.A., Inc.
Target
TechNet
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Tinuiti, Inc.
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Trane Technologies
Trillium Asset Management
TriNet Group, Inc.
Tripadvisor
TripleLift
Twitter, Inc.
UKG
Uber
Unilever United States
Union Pacific
United Airlines
Unity
Upwork
Via Transportation
Victoria’s Secret & Co.
VMLY&R
VMware
WE Communications
WPP
The Walt Disney Company
Warby Parker
WarnerMedia
Warner Music Group
Wayfair
Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
Weber Shandwick
Wells Fargo
WeWork
Workday, Inc.
Wpromote
Xperi Holding Corporation
Xylem
Yahoo! Inc.
Yelp Inc.
Yext
Zendesk
Ziff Davis
Zillow
Zoom Video Communications
Zurich North America
Zwift
Zynga Games



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