Our PRISM business resource group helps foster a supportive environment for LGBTQA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and allied) employees and provides key insights to senior leaders. Our company advocates for LGBTQA rights.
When LGBTQA individuals cannot be themselves in the workplace and in society, there is a significant impact on productivity and economies. PRISM, our LGBTQA employee resource group, keeps up with developments affecting the LGBTQA community and brings key issues and opportunities to BNY Mellon senior management’s attention. BNY Mellon has advocated for diversity, inclusion and equality since 2013, to help protect and advance human rights, harness critical talent and drive performance for our business, sector and clients.
- We supported amicus briefs in favor of the business case for marriage equality in the U.S., and participated in similar efforts in Ireland. BNY Mellon has also been a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s “Business Coalition,” which supports federal legislation to prohibit workforce discrimination based on sexual orientation. By lending our support to these and other efforts, we reaffirm our commitment to an inclusive workplace.
- We support important legal department pro bono projects. Our employees created a comprehensive, free, online tax resource to help same-sex couples and their tax preparers navigate state tax laws and reporting regulations. Employees led an effort to expand the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund’s Name Change Project, which assists in the complex legal process of changing one’s name to match one’s gender identity.
- We signed an open letter in the U.S. opposing anti-inclusion legislation and supporting inclusion of gender identity within civil rights law. BNY Mellon supported An Act Relative to Transgender Anti-Discrimination (HB1577/SB735), a bill that would create non-discrimination protections for transgender people in public places throughout Massachusetts.
- Internationally, we signed an open letter in Australia to support marriage equality, signed the Diversity Charter Ireland and adopted the Hong Kong Code of Practice against Discrimination in Employment on the Ground of Sexual Orientation. We are one of only two Fortune 500 companies that reference sexual orientation and gender identity in board diversity statements. BNY Mellon was named among the Best Places to Work, with a 100 percent score, on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the 10th consecutive year.
- BNY Mellon sponsored a groundbreaking study, “Out in the World: Securing LGBT Rights in the Global Marketplace,” with the Center for Talent Innovation, released in January 2016. It provides a compelling case for multinational corporations to support lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality and maps opportunities for pro-LGBT companies operating in anti-LGBT markets. EMEA clients recognized BNY Mellon’s leadership after a launch event in London, and expressed interest in collaborating to advance LGBTQA issues and asked for our help in leveraging LGBTQA perspectives for better employee and client engagement.