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USA: Report of Human Rights Campaign Foundation rates over 300 companies on their lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender policies

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Company response
8 February 2012

ExxonMobil response re alleged connections with organizations that engage in anti-LGBT activities

Author: ExxonMobil

While the report itself refers generally to its own research and does not specify an allegation against ExxonMobil, it appears the issue may involve the company’s position on shareholder resolutions in 2010 and 2011. The company’s response to those resolutions, as contained in our proxy statements, is as follows:ExxonMobil is committed to having a workplace that facilitates the maximum contribution from all of our employees. While there are many factors that are important to creating this type of environment, one of the most significant is having a workplace that is free from any form of harassment or discrimination.The Board has reviewed in detail ExxonMobil's existing global policies that prohibit all forms of discrimination, including those based on sexual orientation and gender identity, in any Company workplace, anywhere in the world. In fact, ExxonMobil's policies go beyond the law and prohibit any form of discrimination. Based on these existing all-inclusive, zero-tolerance policies, the Board believes the proposal is unnecessary.

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Company response
1 January 2012

Verizon response re alleged connections with organizations that engage in anti-LGBT activities

Author: Verizon

Verizon is committed to ensuring a respectful, inclusive workplace free of harassment and discrimination for all employees. Verizon’s non-discrimination policy explicitly prohibits discrimination and harassment of any kind, as does our Code of Conduct. Additionally, we have effective processes and practices in place to address the specific needs of transgender employees, and others. Verizon has a good track record and a long history of leadership and support of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) issues.

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1 December 2011

[PDF] Corporate Equality Index 2012; Rating American Workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality

Author: Human Rights Campaign Foundation

...[T]he Corporate Equality Index [CEI] represents [how] corporate America...prioritize[s] the protection, recruitment and retention of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] employees...[S]uccessful U.S. businesses have proven...that LGBT workplace equality is good for business. In the first year...13 businesses achieved a top score of 100 percent. Now...[with] the New CEI criteria,190 businesses achieved...100 percent. In its debut year...workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation, domestic partner health care benefits and some internal inclusion practices were becoming more common but transgender inclusion lagged. Serving as a road map...the CEI report enumerated the best practices...The CEI standards...shifted the way the largest U.S. businesses have incorporated transgender protections and benefit...[Report raises concerns about policies and/or alleged actions of ExxonMobil, Verizon, Foley & Lardner LLP and rates 319 other companies on their LGBT policies. Includes responses from ExxonMobil, Verizon. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Foley & Lardner LLP to respond but it did not.]

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