Employees show commitment to workplace equality

Dec 04, 2014

In November 2014, Bank of America sponsored and participated in the annual Out & Equal Workplace Summit in San Francisco, which brings together business leaders, LGBT employers, LGBT employees and allies to discuss best practices and participate in training sessions. Employees from across the country attended this year’s Summit to formulate strategies for advancing equality in the workplace.

“This Summit provides our employees with a learning opportunity as well as a place to share how we promote LGBT equality in the workplace,” said Michael Bloch, a longtime executive leader of Bank of America’s LGBT Pride employee network. As a panelist, Bloch shared the success of the network and its importance to the company’s bottom line. Other company leaders, like Aimee Broadhurst, co-chair of LGBT Pride and the bank’s ALLY Program, discussed the importance of allies in the workplace.

Bank of America makes a concerted effort to create an inclusive work environment and encourage employees to bring their whole selves to work. Since launching in 2009, LGBT Pride has expanded to include 30 international chapters and 5,800 members who provide education, advocacy and visibility for employees, customers, clients and allies around the world. The ALLY Program, created in 2013 as a way for straight employees to visibly demonstrate support for LGBT colleagues, has more than 12,000 members.

Other organizations have taken notice of these successes. Bank of America has provided counsel to several global organizations that have reached out for more information on LGBT Pride and the ALLY Program, helping them start programs of their own.


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This Summit provides our employees with a learning opportunity as well as a place to share how we promote LGBT equality in the workplace.

Michael Bloch
Executive Leader of Bank of America's LGBT Pride employee network