AT&T Makes Global Commitment to LGBT Community

29 Sep 2015 | Mike Corkerry & Scott Sapperstein

Tagged: Diversity, People,

In 1975, AT&T was one of the first Fortune 500 companies to adopt a non-discrimination policy toward sexual orientation, and in 1998, we were one of the first to adopt domestic partner benefits for LGBT employees.

We are proud to say that our history of promoting equality and inclusion continues. Today, during the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York, two new global LGBT programs were announced which AT&T is supporting:

Through these two new initiatives, we can continue to make progress on promoting inclusion and equality, and deepen our commitment to our employees, customers and communities throughout the global LGBT community.

Here’s more information on both programs.

Open For Business:

Fourteen of the world’s global companies, including AT&T, launched the first business-led coalition supporting LGBT inclusion. The purpose of Open For Business is to make and promote a positive business and economic case for global LGBT rights. As businesses with customers, employees, suppliers and operations around the world, the coalition believes successful, enterprising businesses thrive in diverse, inclusive societies, and the spread of anti-LGBT policies runs counter to the interests of business and economic development.

Open For Business also published a comprehensive report today which shows that successful businesses thrive in open, diverse and inclusive societies. The report, ‘Open For Business: the Economic and Business Case for LGBT Inclusion,’ presents the most substantial evidence-base to date on this subject, demonstrating that:

  1. Economies perform better without discrimination against LGBT persons.
  2. Companies perform better in societies that support LGBT inclusion.
  3. Individuals perform better in environments that support LGBT inclusion.

Click here for more information on the report and the coalition.

The Human Rights Campaign’s global coalition:

AT&T is among 12 founding members of a global coalition, created by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), committed to advancing LGBT workplace equality around the world. Together, we have committed to safeguarding workplace fairness and equality for LGBT employees across our global operations, representing the first group of businesses that are on-record with our global workforce policies. The formation of this coalition is particularly critical in environments where businesses have not had a platform to reiterate their LGBT policies.

The coalition will raise the profile of the business case for LGBT equality around the world with opportunities to collaborate with HRC on LGBT workplace inclusion summits in different global markets, develop resources and best practice case studies, and will be held accountable to these global policies via HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

Click here for more information on HRC’s coalition.

For the last 11 years, AT&T has received a 100 percent score on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, which measures commitment to equality, non-discrimination and inclusion in the workplace.

Through these two new initiatives, we can continue to make progress on promoting inclusion and equality, and deepen our commitment to our employees, customers and communities throughout the global LGBT community.

This blog was originally posted to the AT&T Global Public Policy blog.

About the Author

Mike Corkerry & Scott Sapperstein

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Mike Corkerry heads the external and regulatory affairs function for AT&T’s EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) Region. Based in London, he is responsible for coordinating AT&T’s regulatory affairs, public policy and government advocacy in the Region. Prior to this, Mike performed a similar role at Concert, the AT&T/BT global venture.

Mike joined British Telecom in 1980 and worked in a number of BT functions in the UK and continental Europe, including Regulatory Affairs, Corporate Strategy, Strategic Relations and Business Development. Between 1994 and 1997 he was based in BT’s Brussels office where he was responsible for relations with key EU institutions.

Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors of the UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKCTA) and BritishAmerican Business.


Scott Sapperstein is Executive Director Public Affairs for AT&T where he manages AT&T’s national third party relationships for the company’s Citizenship and Sustainability priorities and programs. Scott’s focus includes issues concerning: Education, Environment, Consumers, Military, Online Privacy and Safety, and National LGBT issues. Scott is also the company lead for the AT&T Consumer Advisory Panel.

Prior to joining the Public Affairs team, Scott served as Executive Director State Government Affairs for AT&T where he had primary responsibility for AT&T’s relationship with the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and its Affiliates and was responsible for coordinating AT&T’s activities across business units.

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