After working for Wells Fargo, where their outreach to the community was only about selling more checking accounts, credit cards and mortgages, it is refreshing to work for a company like Google that does it because it’s the right thing to do.
‘Legalize Love’ is a campaign to promote safer conditions for gay and lesbian people inside and outside the office. The campaign officially launched in Poland and Singapore on Saturday, July 7th. Google intends to eventually expand the initiative to every country where the company has an office, and will focus on places with homophobic cultures, where anti-gay laws exist.
Google’s Mark Palmer-Edgecumbe outlined the initiative at a Global LGBT Workplace Summit in London earlier today. “We want our employees who are gay or lesbian or transgender to have the same experience outside the office as they do in the office. It is obviously a very ambitious piece of work.”
Their strategy involves developing partnerships between companies and organizations to support grass-roots campaigns.
Google has had a long-standing history of enacting fair policies to promote equal rights for their workers. Back in 2010, Google began covering a cost that gay and lesbian employees must pay when their partners receive domestic partner health benefits; largely to compensate them for an extra tax that heterosexual married couples do not pay.