Companies value equality, diversity and inclusion.
Business leaders believe that people are their company’s most important asset. Continued success in business depends on being able to attract, nurture and retain the very best and brightest people. This can only be achieved in a working environment and a country where everyone is valued equally.
Our companies are committed to ensuring non-discrimination in the workplace. Ensuring lesbian and gay employees are not discriminated against in wider Irish society will help businesses achieve this goal. Civil marriage equality sends a very clear signal to employees and customers that Ireland is committed to equality and diversity.
Ireland’s reputation for openness, inclusion and diversity has been hard won. Every neighbouring country which neighbours Ireland has civil marriage equality. Civil marriage equality in Ireland will help us keep lesbian and gay employees and their skills here in Ireland. Ireland’s ability to attract diverse international talent will also be enhanced.
Successful businesses reflect the diversity of their staff, customers, shareholders and our communities.
Enabling loving, committed couples to be civilly married, regardless of their sexual orientation will contribute to a stronger economy and a stronger Ireland.
Many of our companies are considering how they can address the forthcoming referendum on Civil Marriage Equality.
Please find below some options for action.