(Boston, February 28, 2003) Petroleum giant ConocoPhillips has made a
sound business move by amending its employment non-discrimination policy to
include sexual orientation, according to John Hurley, Director of Information
and Public Witness for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The decision
comes after the Unitarian Universalist Association notified the company of its
intent to file a shareholder resolution to include sexual orientation in the
company's non-discrimination policy.
"We applaud the wisdom of the decision made by the ConocoPhillips Board of
Directors for its consideration of the shareholder filing, made December 2,
2002, by the UUA," said Hurley, "and the board's prompt action to adopt the
sexual orientation non-discrimination policy to better serve the needs and
interests of its employees."
The UUA undertook its action in conjunction with a broad initiative by
concerned shareholders, including The Equality Project, to
confront the companies included in the Fortune 100 which had not yet explicitly
adopted sexual orientation in their employment non-discrimination policies.
The ConocoPhillips initiative and decision leaves ExxonMobil Corporation as
the only U.S. company ever to rescind a sexual orientation non-discrimination
"ConocoPhillips is and always has been deeply committed to fair and
nondiscriminatory treatment for all employees," ConocoPhillips' management
committee said in a statement obtained by the Human Rights Campaign. "The management committee," continued
ConocoPhillips, "has amended (effective immediately) the company's EEO policy to
include the term 'sexual orientation' to more accurately reflect this
A total of 307 of the Fortune 500 have non-discrimination policies that
include sexual orientation, according to HRC WorkNet, which tracks this and
other workplace trends. Oil companies with sexual orientation non-discrimination
policies include Amerada Hess; Shell Oil Co.; BP; ChevronTexaco Corp.; Marathon
Oil Corp.; Occidental Petroleum; Sunoco Inc.; and Valero Energy Corp.
The recent merger made ConocoPhillips, based in Houston, Texas, the third
largest oil and gas company in America behind ExxonMobil and ChevronTexaco.
ExxonMobil rescinded Mobil's non-discrimination policy in December 1999 when the
companies merged. At the same time, it closed Mobil's domestic partner benefits
program to any more employees.
The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian and gay political
organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies
Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that
lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans can be open, honest and safe at
home, at work, and in the community.
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Last updated on Friday, June 17, 2011.
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