Chamber signs letter of support about diversity & inclusion
March 28, 2019
Chamber signs letter of support with other Texas employers and business organizations about diversity & inclusion
The chamber has taken a stand with other employers and chambers that would oppose any legislation that would oppose diversity and inclusion, particularly with the LGBTQ population, resulting in damage to the Texas economy. Read more about which bills could be of concern in The Dallas Morning News and the original letter below.
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.
ASAE (American Society of Association Executives)
Austin LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Austin Tech Alliance PCMA (Professional Convention Management Association)
Ben & Jerry’s
Dallas Regional Chamber
El Paso Chamber of Commerce
Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Greater Irving Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
HEB Chamber of Commerce
McKinney Chamber of Commerce
North Texas Commission Texas Competes Action Texas Welcomes All Destination El Paso
North Texas GLBT Chamber of Commerce
Plano Chamber of Commerce
Richardson Chamber of Commerce
Rowlett Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
San Antonio LGBT Chamber of Commerce
Trillium Asset Management
United Corpus Christi Chamber of Commerce
Visit Fort Worth
Visit San Antonio
Bill Sproull, President and CEO