Firmenich has announced its support of the United Nations’ Standards of Conduct for Business, taking on discrimination against LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bi, trans and intersex) people.
The standards set out five principle for companies looking to tackle discrimination and promote inclusive policies and practices; other participants include Unilever, Google and Virgin.
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“As one of only seven globally-certified gender equal employers in the world, we are committed to fostering a culture of inclusion where everyone can thrive,” said Firmenich CEO Gilbert Ghostine. “We want all our people to be their best self at work, knowing they will be treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, background, race, gender, age, experience, economic status, or ability.”
“Congratulations to Firmenich for joining more than 260 of the world’s largest companies in the world in expressing support for the UN Global LGBTI Standards for Business,” added Fabrice Houdart, United Nations human rights officer and co-author of the Standards. “If more businesses follow Firmenich’s lead, the private sector can play a crucial role in much needed global social change on LGBTI issues.”