At Qualcomm, we’re creating a company that reflects the world. We have a long history of embracing diversity as a best business practice, and we proudly support the Equality Act. This landmark federal bill protects lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans from discrimination by adding “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” to existing protections based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin.
LGBT rights are encapsulated in our Code of Business Conduct, “The Qualcomm Way.” When I joined this company in 2000, I did what every new Qualcommer did and still does – commit to being a good colleague and collaborator and to having an open mind.
Here, we know that the ingredients for invention—inspiration, insight, perspective and know-how – are best supplied by a mix of minds. We celebrate the diversity within our workforce and recognize that our different backgrounds, experiences and ideas are critical to our success as individuals and as a company.
I am so proud to be part of an organization that is committed to equity and equality and makes a point of supporting the rights of everyone who works here, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
For example, in 2015, for the third year in a row, we earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, the national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBT workers. Our score earned us the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
Our participation in San Diego’s annual Pride Parade, which we’ve marched in since 1998, has become a wonderful celebration within Qualcomm and the community. In 2015, for the second year in a row, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkopf showed his solidarity with the LGBT community by marching in the parade with his wife and children and more than 200 Qualcomm employees, friends and family members. This year’s parade was especially thrilling because we were celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
Qualcomm’s award-winning Global Inclusion and Diversity program supports eQuality, an internal network of LGBT individuals, friends and colleagues who support and affirm the diverse lives and identities of LGBT people.
Everyone has a family member or friend in the LGBT community who has, at some time in their lives, faced discrimination. At Qualcomm, we want to see this discrimination end. Please join us in supporting passage of the Equality Act which would, finally, establish full, federal equality for all LGBT Americans. Ensuring fairness is good for business but it’s also the right thing to do.