Our Guiding Principles

As members of America Competes, we believe that equal treatment of all people is central to maintaining and growing our nation’s reputation as a world leader for business innovation, economic development and workforce quality.

In order for American businesses to compete for top talent, we believe our workplaces and communities must be diverse and welcoming for all people, regardless of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity.

As employers who have worked hard to create safe, inclusive and supportive environments for our employees and the communities we serve, we embrace the following core values, and seek to ensure that the states and cities in which we operate reflect these beliefs:

All people should be treated equally:

Everyone should have the opportunity to earn a living and provide for themselves and their families. Nobody should have to live in fear of being fired for reasons that have nothing to do with their job performance. Employees should be judged on their qualifications, experience, and the job they do—nothing more, nothing less.

Inclusivity fosters innovation:

Our workplaces and our communities are strongest when everyone can focus on doing their jobs, providing for their families and contributing to their communities. Evidence shows that discrimination is bad for business – it inhibits innovation and makes it harder to recruit and retain top talent. Americans are already protected from discrimination on the basis of race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, religion, age and disability. We also support fully inclusive nondiscrimination laws that protect people from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

The progress we’ve made is important, and we’re not going backward:

In recent years, there have been critical steps forward ensuring LGBT people are treated fairly and equally under our laws. We believe our businesses and our communities benefit from that progress, and we will not support any attempts to roll back these existing protections.

Importance of local protection:

We reject any attempt by state lawmakers to override local nondiscrimination ordinances that have been put in place to strengthen a municipality’s economy and to ensure all its residents are treated fairly and equally under the law.

Freedom of religion is one of our most fundamental rights as Americans:

We see no conflict between maintaining religious freedom and ensuring that all our employees are treated equally. But religious freedom doesn’t give any of us the right to discriminate or treat others unfairly. We oppose any policies or laws that would allow private employers or businesses serving the public to discriminate against others.


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