Building a Great Company for our People and for our Communities: Celebrating LGBTQ+ Pride Month
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I recently published a blog focused on how the COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the traditional rules of employee engagement and how we as employers must rethink how we are supporting company culture. Since that time, we have collectively experienced multiple developments which have transformed the roles and responsibilities of employers even further. This began with the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and others, and the racial injustices and inequities we have witnessed since that time. In response, Livongo’s Founder and Executive Chairman Glen Tullman published a blog on the long-overdue focus on racial inequalities and the important actions that businesses and individuals must take to begin driving change.
As Glen notes, it is not about one person, one donation, or one day. We must commit ourselves to continued actions to improve our communities, and our country. And what I am most proud of is the fact that long before our current worldview, and our collective focus on equality, many employees at Livongo stepped up to help organize events, donate to local organizations, and share volunteer opportunities focused on celebrating our differences and teaching one another about the power of diversity and inclusion. Our employees are the primary reason Livongo continues to be an accepting, uplifting, and inspiring place to work and a positive influence within our communities.
Given that June is LGBTQ+ Pride month, another incredibly powerful development occurred. On June 15, the Supreme Court ruled that the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employers to discriminate based on a person's sex, now applies to discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. This is a monumental ruling for the LGBTQ+ community, and although Livongo’s existing internal policies protected our employees based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, we are delighted to see these practices formalized through meaningful legislation. This is another great step enabling employees nationwide to express their individuality in the workplace.
Today, Livongo kicks off our company-wide Pride Spirit week, and have facilitated dedicated events throughout the month of June highlighting the LBGTQ+ community. During LGBTQ+ Pride Spirit week, all employees are encouraged to join a Pride-themed virtual Social Hour, dynamic talks at Livongo that push the positive dialogue about equality for all forward, and we are consistently sharing resources in our weekly newsletters and internal social media channels. To support our communities, we are encouraging our employees to donate to LGBTQ+ organizations, and support local LGBTQ+ businesses.
At Livongo, we often discuss the difference between Good companies and Great companies. Over the past few months, we have seen many great companies use their influence to positively impact their communities. Great companies enable and encourage their employees to express their individuality and use their voices to further amplify this message and drive an even greater impact. I am extremely proud of the actions we have seen from Livongo and employers across the nation and look forward to continuing to advance the positive dialogue and promoting actions that encourage equality within our organizations and our communities.