- Exxon Mobil will prohibit company workplaces from flying the LGBTQ satisfaction flag outdoors of their workplaces.
- Exxon banned “external position flags” together with the satisfaction and Black Lives Matter flags, Bloomberg reported.
- In response, workers in Houston are refusing to characterize Exxon within the metropolis’s annual satisfaction parade.
Exxon Mobil will prohibit company workplaces from flying the LGBTQ satisfaction flag outdoors of their workplaces.
In a coverage first reported by Bloomberg, Exxon banned “external position flags,” together with the LGBTQ-rights flag and the Black Lives Matter flag. The choice comes forward of nationwide Pride Month celebrations in June, irritating a number of workers on the firm’s headquarters in Houston, Texas.
“Corporate leadership took exception to a rainbow flag being flown at our facilities” final yr, Exxon’s PRIDE Houston worker group stated in an e-mail seen by Bloomberg. “PRIDE was informed the justification was centered on the need for the corporation to maintain ‘neutrality.'”
Following the announcement, members of Exxon’s PRIDE group in Houston are refusing to characterize the corporate within the forty fourth annual Houston LGBT+ Pride Celebration in June, Bloomberg reported.
In an announcement to Insider, Exxon Mobil stated “the updated flag protocol is intended to clarify the use of the ExxonMobil branded company flag and not intended to diminish our commitment to diversity and support for employee resource groups.”
“We’re committed to keeping an open, honest, and inclusive workplace for all of our employees, and we’re saddened that any employee would think otherwise,” human assets vp Tracey Gunnlaugsson stated within the assertion.
The firm will permit workers to show flags with logos representing their worker useful resource teams, Bloomberg reported. In lieu of the normal, widely known satisfaction flag, Exxon’s coverage permits workers to fly a flag that represents the corporate’s PRIDE group however that doesn’t function the corporate’s brand prominently.
In the e-mail seen by Bloomberg, members of Exxon’s PRIDE Houston worker group stated flying the Pride flag is a means for firms “to visibly show their care, inclusion and support for LGBTQ+ employees.” The firm’s PRIDE worker useful resource group has roughly 3,000 members globally.
“It is difficult to reconcile how ExxonMobil recognizes the value of promoting our corporation as supportive of the LGBTQ+ community externally (e.g. advertisements, Pride parades, social media posts) but now believes it inappropriate to visibly show support for our LGBTQ+ employees at the workplace,” the PRIDE group stated within the e-mail.
The firm has developed a popularity for lagging behind on homosexual rights points. In 1999, Exxon acquired Mobil and later eradicated Mobil’s insurance policies defending workers from discrimination on the idea of sexual orientation.
It wasn’t till 2015 that Exxon amended its anti-discrimination insurance policies to incorporate sexual orientation and gender id, the New York Times reported.