FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2015
HOUSTON – Today, more Fortune 500 companies joined the overwhelming majority of Houston business leaders in support of Proposition 1, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance. Apple, General Electric, Hewlett Packard, and BASF signed onto the Houston Unites Business Coalition because diversity and inclusion are good for the bottom line. Business leaders believe there is a strong connection between Houston’s community spirit and growing our businesses and creating new jobs.
The Equal Rights Ordinance protects all Houstonians from discrimination in employment, housing, and public spaces based on race, age, gender, pregnancy, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, military status and pregnancy.
More than 200 cities have similar non-discrimination protections and Houston is the largest city in America that does not have such protections in place.
Dow Chemical, the Greater Houston Partnership, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Houston Association of Realtors, the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and executives from Citi, Wyatt Energy, and United Airlines also support Proposition 1.
Houston-based EMC Corporation, a global leader in cloud computing, also signed onto the coalition today.
More than 60 businesses throughout Houston have endorsed Proposition 1. Business leaders recently took out a full-page newspaper ad making the case that Proposition 1 would contribute to “long-term growth and success of our community.”
Houston Unites is the campaign working to win a “YES” vote on Proposition 1, Houston’s Equal Rights Ordinance, in November. The leading partners include: ACLU of Texas, Equality Texas, Freedom for All Americans, Human Rights Campaign, NAACP Houston Branch and Texas Freedom Network.