The resolution, the brainchild of New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, would add sexual orientation and gender identity to ExxonMobil’s nondiscrimination policy. It will be put to a vote at ExxonMobil’s annual shareholders’ meeting on May 30.
The specific anti-discrimination policy was already in place at Mobil Corp.; however, after their 1999 merger with Exxon, the policy was rescinded.
“The SEC has cleared a path to progress for the thousands of LGBT people employed by ExxonMobil,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “The company has been aggressively resistant to change and is way out of step with their direct competitors as well as the majority of Fortune 500 companies. Given this opportunity for change, we call on the ExxonMobil shareholders to adopt a legally binding policy that protects all employees.”
ExxonMobil scores -25 on HRC’s Corporate Accountability Index, in contrast with other energy giants such as BP, Shell and Chevron, all of which receive scores of at least 85.
Diversity and inclusion are essential features of [these] businesses, and recruiting and retaining the best employees—including those in or allied with the transgender community—is a critical component of their diversity missions.”