Recently AMD joined dozens of corporations, including Apple, BestBuy, Cisco, Facebook, Google, HP and others in the Business Coalition for Equality.
The Business Coalition for Equality is a group of leading U.S. employers that support the Equality Act, federal legislation that would provide the same basic protections to LGBT people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law.
The Equality Act creates clear, consistent protections to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment ensuring that LGBT employees are hired, fired, and promoted based on their performance or business needs. In addition, the bill provides protections from discrimination for LGBT people in housing, credit, and jury service. The bill would also prohibit discrimination in public accommodations and federal funding on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Some might ask, with everything going on at AMD, why would we take a stand on a controversial social issue? We have a very full and challenging agenda as a company and we should not be distracted so, why take this action?
AMD supports this initiative for two reasons:
- There is a strong business imperative for this position as AMD competes globally for a talented and diverse workforce.
- A core responsibility embodied in AMD’s Worldwide Standards of Business Conduct is to foster an atmosphere in which equal opportunity extends to every member of the AMD Community. We honor diversity and treat each other fairly. These are the cornerstones of our culture.
The values of diversity, fairness and equality are central to our industry. These values fuel creativity and inspiration, and those in turn make the U.S. technology sector the most admired in the world today. AMD is on record with a growing number of companies in support of non-discrimination, equality and fairness for all.
We believe that religious freedom, inclusion, and diversity can co-exist and everyone including LGBT people and people of faith should be protected under their state’s civil rights laws. AMD also supported marriage equality in the landmark US Supreme Court case of Hollingsworth v. Perry in 2013 based in the same reasoning. While AMD will not join every public initiative, our longstanding commitment to fairness and equal opportunity remains unchanged. We believe in a workplace where all employees have the opportunity to contribute based on their skills and interests.
Diversity and non-discrimination is a key tenant of AMD’s corporate responsibility program. I invite you to read about the full scope of AMD’s corporate responsibility progress in our current Corporate Responsibility report.
Senior Director, Corporate Responsibility | AMD Public Affairs