Statement of Texas employers and business organizations on diversity & inclusion
Texas’ strong, diverse economy is proof that a welcoming state pays off - in jobs and quality of life. Central to the state’s success in our opinion is a respect for inclusion and diversity among job creators, including the ability to attract and retain talent and service customers. Treating all people with dignity and respect is core to the state’s continued prosperity.
We will continue to oppose any unnecessary, discriminatory, and divisive measures that would damage Texas’ reputation and create problems for our employees and their families. These include policies that explicitly or implicitly allow for the exclusion of LGBTQ people, or anyone else, as well as the preemption of municipal nondiscrimination laws, in whole or in part. Such measures are inconsistent with an innovative, forward-facing Texas that we can all be proud of.
As businesses operating in the Lone Star state, we urge policy makers to remain committed to the things that matter: building a great public education system; continuing to foster a business-friendly climate; creating strong infrastructure that allows for even more jobs; and cultivating the quality of life so prized by both lifelong Texans and new arrivals to this wonderful state.
(Signatories – text list only, no CEO names, no logos)