U.S./World: HRC coalition formed

Beyond the Carolinas

NEW YORK, N.Y. — The Human Rights Campaign announced at the close of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting on Sept. 29, that it was creating a global coalition committed to advancing LGBT equality worldwide.

The Global Corporate Coalition is comprised of 12 founding members and are Accenture, AT&T, CA Technologies, The CocaCola Company, Destination Weddings Travel Group, Google, IBM, Microsoft Corp., Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Procter & Gamble, Replacements, Ltd., and Symantec Corp.

The combined annual revenues of the companies is nearly $550 billion and they employ over 1.4 million people worldwide.

hrc_globalccThe groundbreaking cross-industry coalition represents a joint commitment to safeguarding workplace equality and fairness worldwide, HRC said. All of the coalition members have already implemented LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination protections and codes of conduct that stretch beyond domestic borders to reach all global operations. In addition, the coalition offers members the opportunity to work closely with HRC to amplify the business case for LGBT inclusion around the world through several avenues, such as hosting and attending LGBT workplace inclusion summits in international markets and engagements in public policy advocacy on LGBT issues.

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Of the 12 members, two are Carolina based — Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Taylorsville, N.C. and Replacements, Ltd., McLeansville, N.C.

qnotes reached out to the owners of both companies to find out how they became involved and how they can work with the coalition.

Mitchell Gold shared that HRC reached out to his company which was one of its longstanding corporate supporters. His company’s involvement will be ongoing, especially since the initiative is new. “As Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams continues to evolve into a globally recognized brand, Bob and I want to make sure that LGBT people around the world hear the message that they are valued and equal members of society, and they deserve a fair chance to participate in the workforce and provide for themselves and their families,” Gold added.

He also shared, “With our broad media reach, such as ads in major newspapers, magazines, online and social media — as well as our own activism, Bob and I will continue to broadcast our mantra to ‘Make The World A More Comfortable Place For Everyone.’”

Replacements also accepted the invitation to join. HRC’s Press and Communications Manager Elizabeth Halloran said that it was something that offered to their Corporate Equality Index partners and looked forward to Replacements’ involvement.

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She further shared, “By joining other companies that have also lent their names to the coalition, Replacements Ltd., can be part of leveraging the group’s collective strength in-country to counter anti-LGBT messages and public policy efforts.

“Other actions that HRC has asked coalition partners to take going forward include sharing best practices around LGBT inclusion, as well as sharing businesses’ journey to global inclusion. For some companies that means talking about developing employee resource groups, public policy advocacy and community engagement — including with NGOs and civil society organizations,” she explained.

“Where possible, coalition partners may share with the press and businesses audiences public testimonials about their experiences building LGBT workplace inclusion, as well as participate in hosting LGBT workforce inclusion summits in key global markets including the emerging/developing BRIC countries. (Brazil/Russia/India/China),” she added.

info: hrc.org. mgbwhome.comreplacements.com.

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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at specialassignments@goqnotes.com and 704-531-9988, x205.