The business coalition to support Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) gained a strong new member today. BBVA Compass is the fourth-largest bank in Texas and the latest in an impressive business line-up to voice their support for the campaign to vote YES on Proposition 1 and uphold HERO at the ballot.
In a public statement on why BBVA Compass supports Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, Chairman and CEO Manolo Sánchez highlighted diversity as an asset to strong businesses and healthy communities:
As a global bank that values diversity, we see it as a source of strength that will help us build better workplaces and stronger communities. We support Proposition 1 because it’s good for business, it’s good for our employees and it’s the right thing to do.
The equal rights ordinance protects Houstonians from discrimination across 15 different classes, including race, gender, family and military status, sexual orientation and gender identity. It ensures that hardworking Houstonians have a locally accessible way of dealing with unfair treatment in the workplace, housing and public spaces. Without HERO, discrimination claims—the majority of which have been on the basis of race, gender, or family status—would have to be settled in federal courts.
BBVA Compass joins a robust coalition of pro-HERO businesses, which includes endorsements from big-names like The Dow Chemical Co., developers Ed Wulfe, of Wulfe & Co., and Welcome Wilson, of GSL Welcome Group, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Greater Houston Partnership, and the Hotel and Lodging Association of Greater Houston. Collectively, these businesses represent hundreds of thousands of Houston employees.
Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance is gaining vocal support from many different sectors and communities—from businesses, to veterans, faith leaders, and prominent African American organizations. A recent poll commissioned by the Houston Association of Realtors found that a majority of Houstonians plan to vote YES on Proposition 1 beginning as soon as Monday when early voting starts. But opponents of Prop 1 are investing heavily in a smear campaign aimed at overturning our city’s equal rights ordinance.
To help spread the word about how HERO protects and serves hardworking Houstonians, sign up to attend the rally and canvassing event on Saturday October 17th. Click here for details and to RSVP.