As the world celebrates Pride, Gap Inc. reinforces its commitment to being a voice for equality and inclusion around the world.
Gap Inc. CEO Art Peck puts it simply: "Equality should not be an accomplishment. It's just the way the world should work, and it's time to get it done." What's true in business is true in life, and success and strength can only be achieved when everyone is given the same opportunities to participate, contribute and benefit.
The company kicks off Pride 2016 with a new partnership — with the United Nations Foundation — to promote Free & Equal: an unprecedented global public-education campaign for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. Free & Equal raises awareness of homophobic and transphobic violence and discrimination, and promotes greater respect for the rights of LGBT people everywhere.
While the company celebrates the progress that has been made and proudly waves the rainbow flag, there are very real struggles ahead. Gap Inc. has proudly joined other companies in taking a stand against discriminatory practices, and local and state legislation targeting the LGBT community — including proposed legislation in Indiana and North Carolina. Discriminatory laws are unquestionably bad for business, but more importantly, they are fundamentally wrong.
Leaders have also made statements in support of same-sex marriage becoming law of the land in the U.S.
For efforts like these, for the 11th year in a row, Gap Inc. received a 100-percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Corporate Equality Index (CEI) as one of the best places to work for LGBTQ equality.