Cleve Jones is a human rights advocate who has long been a champion for people living with HIV and LGBTQ+ equality.
He co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation in 1983. Two years later, he conceived of The AIDS Memorial Quilt at an annual candlelight memorial honoring his mentor Harvey Milk, the politician and civil rights leader who was assassinated in 1978. In 1989, The Quilt was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has become a worldwide symbol of the fight to end the AIDS epidemic.
What are the real-world benefits of diverse teams – and what does it take to make them work? I had a chance to find out when I was asked to lead product management for the Cisco team that developed App Discovery, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution for getting a handle on shadow IT (applications not managed by IT). The 30-person team came from different countries (U.S. Israel, India), different corporate cultures (including Cisco acquisitions CloudLock and OpenDNS), genders, backgrounds, and perspectives.
Merck is honored that two of their Employee Business Resource Groups (EBRGs) were recently recognized by Diversity Best Practices for the work they do to drive diversity, equity and inclusion within the company and the communities in which we live and work. The U.S. chapters of the League of Employees of African Descent (LEAD) and the Next Gen Network (NGN) each won a Diversity Best Practices: 2020 Above and Beyond award.
While the U.S. Constitution was founded on the principle of equality for all, the right to be free of discrimination based on sex is not currently an explicit right provided to Americans in the Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) seeks to remedy that gap and explicitly guarantee equality on the basis of sex, making gender equality a basic constitutional right. Recently, VF joined a number of other companies as an amici curiae in support of ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“I am not only a member of the Armed Forces. I am a son, a brother, a friend, a member of my community, African American, and proudly gay.” -Booz Allen Senior Business Performance Analyst William Pickens
For many of Booz Allen’s LGBTQ+ employees, military service is another important part of their identity. Founded by a veteran and with veterans representing one-third of its employees, Booz Allen proudly supports its LGBTQ+ military employees—this Pride month and every month. Two of their stories follow.
2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Pride celebrations around the world, and we believe the value of an inclusive and diverse work culture is more important than ever. Our GroPride employee resource group––a group dedicated to cultivating an inclusive, supportive global network to empower diverse employees––hosted activities throughout the month of June to educate and empower our workforce. We’re proud to share what Pride at ScottsMiracle-Gro means to them.
LGBTQ+ employees around the world share personal stories about what it means to bring their whole selves to work at Merck
It can be as simple as sharing your weekend plans with coworkers, or having a photo of your partner on your desk. When you feel free to be yourself at work, even the seemingly small things can have a big impact on your happiness and wellbeing.
Even though the way we celebrate pride is different this year, it's as important as ever to work toward a better future for those who continue to stand up to injustice and inequality. Join us by donating your miles to partner charities or campaigns that benefit LGBTQ causes in the communities we serve.
Last year, with your help, we raised more than 1 million miles. This year, take pride in your miles by donating to organizations like: