Exxon Mobil Corp. does not intend to fly a good LGBTQ flag in front of business offices in June throughout pride month, according to a report.
Bloomberg News reports having seen a new Exxon company policy that forbids “ external position flags, ” including the LGBTQ and Black Lives Matters red flags, from being flown before corporate offices. “ Instead, the rule permits a flag representing an LGBTQ employees’ group that does not conspicuously feature Exxon’s corporate logo design, ” according to the outlet.
The move has sparked outrage among the company’s PRIDE Houston Chapter, since members of the group are now declining to represent the company within the city’s June pride special event, according to Bloomberg.
“ Corporate leadership required exception to a rainbow flag being flown at our own facilities” last year, stated employees in the group in an e-mail. “ PRIDE was informed the justification was dedicated to the need for the corporation to maintain ‘ neutrality. ‘”
Exxon Vice President of Recruiting Tracey Gunnlaugsson provided Bloomberg News with a statement within the matter, which reads simply:
The particular updated flag protocol is intended to clarify the use of the ExxonMobil branded company banner and not intended to diminish our commitment to diversity and assistance for employee resource groupings. We’re committed to keeping a, honest, and inclusive place of work for all of our employees, and we’re saddened that any employee would think or else.
From the company’s roughly 63, 000 employees around the globe, 3, 500 are part of Exxon’s satisfaction employee resource group, based on Bloomberg News.