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February 14, 2013

United Airlines wins award for being open to employing homosexuals

Filed under: Jobs,Logistics Social Responsibility,Newsletter — admin @ 4:14 am

United Airlines has earned the 2013 Business Leadership Award from Equality Illinois, a homosexual lobby, for its “vision and leadership” in efforts to achieve equality for “lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender” individuals.

“United is a global company, and the richness of our different backgrounds, cultures, experiences and ideas brings enormous value to us,” said United chairman and president Jeff Smisek.

“We value inclusion and diversity in our business and in our lives, and it’s important that we take time to celebrate this. On behalf of my more than 85,000 co-workers, we accept this award proudly,” he said.

“From its Illinois headquarters, United Airlines sets a high standard for the entire industry of embracing fairness and diversity. The company consistently leads the corporate world in LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender] workplace equality, and we are proud to honour their work with the Business Leadership Award,” said Bernard Cherkasov, CEO of Equality Illinois in a United Airlines statement.

United offers policies, programmes, benefits, privileges and recognition designed to reward and support the success of its diverse workforce. The airline is equally committed to its multicultural community sponsorships as well as supplier diversity initiatives.

In 2012, for the fifth consecutive year, United received a 100 per cent rating in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index, an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which ranks top companies and law firms based on attitudes towards homosexuals and transgender people. The trend to employ such individuals into workforces in Asia is also on the rise and many governments and companies are now tackling this challenge head-on.

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