Urge ExxonMobil to Include Sexual Orientation in Anti-Bias Policy

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Target: Exxon Mobil

Goal: Demand ExxonMobil add sexual orientation to its official equal employment opportunity statement.

ExxonMobil will soon hold its annual shareholder meeting. One of the topics that will be addressed is whether to add sexual orientation to its official equal employment opportunity statement or not. Last year, ExxonMobil tried to get away from bringing up the issue in this year’s upcoming meeting, but the Securities and Exchange Commission rejected the proposal to exclude the topic.

The New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli supports the proposal despite Exxon’s continued effort to dismiss it, saying “ExxonMobil is an outlier among Fortune 500 companies on this issue. The company runs the risk of restricting its ability to attract and maintain top talent. ExxonMobil is sending a message that applicants and employees can be discriminated against on the basis of non-job related criteria.”

The Human Rights Campaign estimates that 88% of Fortune 500 companies have approved written nondiscrimination policies, forbidding harassment and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Almost all the major integrated oil companies that compete with Exxon Mobil have also added sexual orientation to their equal employment opportunity statement.

ExxonMobil’s continued decision to exclude sexual orientation from its anti-bias policy is not only negatively affecting the company, but is also sending a message to gay and lesbian employees and customers that they are not viewed as equals. In the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality index of the Fortune 1000 corporations, ExxonMobil received the first and thus far only negative score for “engaging in activities that undermine LGBT equality.”

Please sign the petition below to demand ExxonMobil add sexual orientation to its official  equal employment opportunity statement.

PETITION LETTER

Dear ExxonMobil shareholders,

Eighty-eight percent of Fortune 500 companies have already adopted written nondiscrimination policies that prohibit harassment and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Almost all the major oil companies that you compete against have done the same. Your continued decision to exclude sexual orientation from your anti-bias policy will send a loud and clear message to your employees that they can be discriminated against on the basis of non-job related criteria, such as sexual orientation.

Since you believe ” the proposal is unnecessary” because Exxon Mobil already “prohibits all forms of discrimination,” what harm will it do to officially add sexual orientation to your official equal employment opportunity statement? Stop trying to prevent the proposal from coming up in your annual shareholder meetings. Instead, add sexual orientation to your official equal employment opportunity statement. Your current and future employees deserve to be recognized as equals regardless of their sexual orientation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. It seems like ExxonMobil voted against adding sexual orientation to its policy again. In fact, 81% of shareholders rejected the proposal!

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