Bring Equality to the Workplace.

Pride Foundation uses our endowment for more than grants and scholarships; we also use it to bring equality to the companies in which we invest. To date we have worked with 22 companies to update their non-discrimination policies to include sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. These changes have meant better protections for over 2.9 million workers worldwide.

Pride Foundation began our shareholder advocacy work in 1997 with McDonald’s and General Electric. Since that time we have worked with WalMart, Emerson Electric, Expeditors and many more companies (a full list is below). Pride Foundation begins our work with companies by requesting in writing that they update their policies.

If the company decides not to update their policy to include protections for LGBTQ workers, then we file a shareholder resolution, which goes before all shareholders in the company. A Pride Foundation volunteer attends their annual meeting, to explain to management and other shareholders on the necessity of these policies.  After the vote management decides if it will implement the new policy or not.

Timeline of Shareholder Activism Work

McDonald’s
Year filed- 1999
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- 1999
Number of employees- 390,000

General Electric
Year filed- 1999
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- 2000
Number of employees- 327,000

Wal-Mart
Began  conversations with senior management in Bentonville, AR beginning in September 2001 which continued until policy adopted in July 2003.
Number of employees- 2,100,000

Emerson Electric
Year filed- July 2000
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- 2005
Number of employees- 137,700

Exxon-Mobil
Year filed- 2005
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- 2015
Number of employees- 75,300

Expeditors International
Year filed- 2006
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- 2008
Year added gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2015
Number of employees- 13,910

Precision Castparts Corp
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- 2007
Number of employees- 29,600

Glacier Bancorp
Year filed- 2008 – resolution did not go to a vote as management contacted us and said their would include gender identity & expression
Year added sexual orientation and gender identity & expression to EEO policy-2008
Number of employees- 1,919

IdaCorp
Year filed- 2008
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- 2008 (did not go to a vote, as management implemented the policy after we filed resolution).
Number of employees- 2,044

Washington Group International
(Now the Washington Division of URS Corporation (NYSE: URS)
Year filed- December 2006
Year added sexual orientation to EEO policy- March 2007
Number of employees- 25,000

Commercial Metals
Year filed- 2008
Have not added protections to date

Procter & Gamble
Began conversations with management regarding adding gender identity & expression to EEO policy in March 2008 until policy updated in April 2009.
Number of employees- 121,000

Schnitzer Steel
Year filed- 2009
Year added gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2014
Number of employees- 3,643

Amgen
Year added gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2010
Number of employees- 17,900

Avista Corporation
Year added gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2010
Number of employees- 2,435

Stillwater Mining
Year filed- 2013
Year added sexual orientation and gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2015
Number of employees- 1,773

General Communications Inc
Year filed- 2013
Year added sexual orientation and gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2015
Number of employees- 1,924

Greenbrier Companies
Year added gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2014
Number of employees- 7,959

PACCAR
Year added gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2014
Number of employees- 21,800

First Interstate Bancsys
Year added sexual orientation and gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2015
Number of employees- 1,635

Mentor Graphics
Year added sexual orientation and gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2015
Number of employees- 5,220

Alaska Communications Systems Group
Year added sexual orientation and gender identity & expression to EEO policy- 2015
Number of employees- Over 700