Salesforce, Elanco Animal Health, Pepsi Co and more than 150 major US companies oppose anti-transgender legislation

Indianapolis – Today, Salesforce, Elanco Animal Health, Pepsi Co, alongside 38 companies with significant operations in Indiana, joined over 150+ large companies strongly opposing anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Indiana and across the country – highlighting a wave of legislation targeting transgender and LGBTQ+ youth. These companies represent nearly 25,000 employees in Indiana. The list of signatories has more than tripled over the past year; new signatories include Cargill, CVS, Kellogg and Warner Media, among others.

Business leaders consistently report they struggle with recruitment, retention and tourism in states that are debating or passing laws that exclude LGBTQ+ people from full participation in daily life, and include children of their valued employees and recruits. These political struggles negatively impact businesses operationally and financially, and unnecessarily jeopardize the safety and well-being of their team members and families.

Last year, a record 26 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were signed into law in ten states. In 2022, at least 160 anti-LGBTQ+ bills are already pending in state legislatures, more than half specifically target transgender youth and prohibit them from fully participating in daily life. Currently, Indiana lawmakers are considering House Bill 1041, anti-LGBTQ+ legislation that would effectively ban trans youth from participating in sports alongside their peers. A bill, an anti-transgender sports ban, has already been signed into law in South Dakota. Lawmakers coast to coast are seeking to ban transgender youth from participating in sports; criminalize medically necessary and life-saving health care for transgender youth; Ban discussions of LGBTQ+ youth and families in classrooms, effectively erasing our community; reviving “toilet bills” to ban young transgender people from simply using the toilet at school; and even undermine companies’ internal workplace inclusion and safety programs.

“Major companies across the country are standing up and speaking out against anti-transgender legislation targeting children and other state bills impacting LGBTQ+ workers, customers and customers,” said Human Rights Campaign Acting President Joni Madison.
“Companies understand that discriminatory laws create unsafe, unhealthy and unfair conditions in states and communities that make life untenable for families and employees. Parents of transgender youth are forced to make difficult decisions about where they can live while providing their children with an equal opportunity to be a young person and receive appropriate health care. With each bill that passes, these options become more and more limited, shrinking the space in which transgender youth are allowed to exist without fear for their safety or threats to their health and well-being. Companies choose to support their employees and their families, and if lawmakers want to ensure a strong business climate that attracts top talent across the country, they must stop advancing legislation that discriminates against transgender youth and LGBTQ+ people.

“Business leaders from a variety of innovative sectors and industries continue to make it clear that inclusive environments are business-friendly environments,” said Kasey Suffredini, CEO and National Campaign Director of Freedom for All Americans, the campaign to ensure protection against LGBTQ+ discrimination nationwide. “Cruel legislative attacks on LGBTQ+ people, especially transgender youth, at the state level are hurting real families, and they are also adding to operational, recruiting and retention challenges for businesses in an already tight job market. . As states continue to recover from the pandemic, lawmakers should focus on policies that boost our local economies, not make it even harder for vulnerable families to care for themselves and their loved ones.

The corporate statement reads as follows:

Companies that join this statement do business, create jobs, and serve customers across the United States. Our companies strongly embrace diversity and inclusion because we want everyone who works for us or does business with us to feel included and welcomed as themselves. Fairness, equal treatment and opportunity are at the heart of our corporate values ​​because we care about our employees and the customers we serve. In addition, these values ​​also count for our results. Inclusive business practices lead to more productive and engaged employees, increased customer satisfaction; and, ultimately, improving competitiveness and financial performance.

We are deeply concerned about bills introduced in state houses across the country that designate LGBTQ+ people – many of whom specifically target transgender youth – to exclude or treat them differently. 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 an additional disadvantage. They seek to put the authority of the state government behind the discrimination and promote the abuse of a targeted LBGTQ population.

These bills would harm our team members and their families, deprive them of opportunities, and make them feel unwanted and at risk in their own communities. As such, it may be extremely difficult for us to recruit the most qualified candidates for jobs in states that enforce such laws, and these measures may impose significant burdens on the families of our employees who already reside in such states. . Laws promoting discrimination directly affect our businesses, whether or not they occur in the workplace.

As we make complex decisions about where to invest and grow, these questions can influence our decisions. The American business community has consistently informed lawmakers at all levels that these laws have a negative effect on our employees, our customers, our competitiveness, and the state and national economies.

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

For years, business leaders have shared the harmful business impacts of policies and debates that exclude LGBTQ+ people from full participation in daily life, including the negative impacts on workforce, recruitment, productivity and bottom line.

In recent years, these policies have increasingly targeted LGBTQ+ youth, including various attempts to isolate transgender youth and make schools less safe and inclusive for LGBTQ+ youth.

These issues remain top concerns for business leaders, who hear employee and recruit concerns about safety and inclusion for themselves and their children in states where such policies are pursued. The cumulative effect of these numerous attempts to exclude LGBTQ+ people is real, and these signatory companies remain impacted by these issues. This letter, originally published in 2020, continues to grow as business leaders seek to ensure their team members feel safe and included wherever they operate.

National Statement from Companies Opposing State Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

FFAA: National Statement from Companies Opposing State Anti-LGBTQ+ Legislation

Sign:

23andme

Accenture

Acxiom LLC

Adobe Inc.

Advanced auto parts

AEO Inc.

To assert

Airbnb

AllianceBernstein

Ally

Altria Group Inc.

Merged bank

Amazon

American airlines

American Express

American company Honda Motor

Anaplan

Apple

Applied Materials, Inc.

Arcadis US Inc.

Asana, Inc.

AT&T

Atlassian

Bayer USA LLC

BASF Company

BBVA United States

BCW (Burson Cohn & Wolfe)

Home of Ben & Jerry, Inc.

Berkshire Bank

biogenic

Bloomberg LP

Boehringer Ingelheim United States

Scientific Boston

Generous

CNA Insurance

SVC Health

Capital one

Cardinal Health

Cargill

Freight Carriers, Inc.

Celanese

Community Support Center

Chobani

Citigroup, Inc.

The college council

Corning Incorporated

CSAA Insurance Group

Curology

Dechert LLP

Deckers brands (UGG, HOKA, Teva, Sanuk and Koolaburra by UGG)

Dell Technologies

Dow Inc.

Dropbox Inc.

Eastern Bank

EMD Serono, MilliporeSigma and EMD Electronics

Early Warning Services, LLC

Eastern Bank

Elanco Animal Health

equinix

Fair

Facebook

FactSet Research Systems, Inc.

Quickly

Flexport, Inc.

GP Strategies Corporation

GAP, Inc.

Gearbox

General Mills

come on daddy

google

Enthusiasm

H&M

HP Inc.

HSBC Bank USA

hilton

IBM Corp.

ICM Partners

IHG Hotels and Resorts

IHS Markit

IKEA North America Services, LLC

instagram

Intel

Interpublic Group

Intuitive

Invitee Corporation

Johnson & Johnson

Kellogg Company

The knot in the world

The Kraft Heinz Company

Legal mentionszoom

Levi Strauss & Co.

LinkedIn

Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics

Lyft, Inc.

Macy’s, Inc.

MailChimp

Marriott International, Inc.

McLennan Marsh

MassMutual

Medtronic APIs

MetLife, Inc.

Micron

Microsoft

Mobilize

Molson Coors Beverage Company

momentary

Mondelez International

New Belgian Brewery

NextRoll, Inc.

Nike, Inc.

Communications Shades

Oracle Corporation

PNC Financial Services Group

Patagonia

Patreon

PayPal

Peloton Interactive, Inc.

PepsiCo

Pfizer Inc.

REI Cooperative

United States

RedHat, Inc.

Redfin Real Estate

Royal Bank of Canada

SAP

Selling power

Bookmark Jewelers

Silicon Laboratories

Square, Inc.

State Street Society

life of the sun

Sustainable Food Policy Alliance, including member companies Danone North America; March, Incorporated; Nestlé United States; and Unilever USA

Symetra Life Insurance Company

Synchrony Financial

Target

Tech Net

Teva Pharmaceuticals

Thermo Fisher Scientific

T-Mobile

Trillium Asset Management

Tripadvisor

Twitter Inc.

Uber

United States

Union Pacific

United Airlines

Verizon

VMLY&R

vmware

Warby Parker

Warner Music Group

Wayside Youth and Family Support Network

Wells Fargo

Workday, Inc.

Xperi Holding Corporation

Xylem

Yelp Inc.

Shortly

Zillow Group