While no major companies tally GLBT employees these 80 major employers provide warm, comfortable and inclusive work environments where GLBT employees can make their unique contributions. Diverse teams engender creativity - and creativity coupled with enthusiasm is a major edge in any field today.
Long Beach, CA (PRWEB) August 27, 2005
This workers' holiday the Bi Men Network honors the 80 best companies - all major employers - Fortune 500 companies - as the best for bisexuals worldwide. The Bi Men "Labor Day Honors List" is an annual round of awards made by the Bi Men Network to persons and organizations who have labored to make the world a better place for everyone.
Last year the Bi Men Network honored 80 distinguished GLBT artists worldwide.
The Bi Men Network accepted nominations from its membership from past and present employees and suppliers of all nominated major companies. The Awards Committee vetted the nominees. All finalists have had outstanding workforce and supplier diversity programs in place. All the 80 Diversity Award winners announced today had high FORTUNE and Human Rights Campaign diversity rankings; had received other Diversity awards, honors, and public recognition; had GLBT employee groups and/or GLBT focus/marketing liaisons; and many of the Award winners have had to endure some form of backlash for their leadership regarding GLBT matters and GLBT concerns.
FORTUNE Magazine has long concluded that a diverse workforce is not just "the right thing to do" - it's a competitive advantage in today's global marketplace. These 80 companies do their best to make all members of their diverse workforces to be full participants in the challenges their companies face in today's highly competitive world markets. These 80 companies were found to provide a level playing field for all their employees in a noteworthy way.
The 80 DIVERSITY AWARD WINNERS all equally worthy - in alphabetical order are:
American Express Co.
Apple Computer, Inc.
Bank of America
Barnes & Noble
Bausch & Lomb
Bell South Corp.
Best Buy Co., Inc.
Citi Group, Inc.
Coors Brewing Co.
Deloitte & Touche
Electronic Data Systems
Federated Department Stores
Ford Motor Company
Goldman Sachs Groups
Hilton Hotels Corp.
John Hancock Financial Services
Levi Strauss & Co.
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merrill Lynch & Co.
Met Life, Inc.
P G & E Corp.
Proctor & Gamble
Q West Communications
S. C. Johnson
Sears, Roebuck & Co
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
Texas Instruments, Inc.
Time Warner, Inc.
Walt Disney Corp.
Stewart McCloud, Founder & President of the Bi Men Network, said: "While no major companies tally GLBT employees these 80 major employers provide warm, comfortable and inclusive work environments where GLBT employees can make their unique contributions. Diverse teams engender creativity - and creativity coupled with enthusiasm is a major edge in any field today."
McCloud noted: "While bisexual employees often do not - if ever - come out publicly - we do thrive in any environment where we do not have to live out "lives of quiet desperation" - eliminating our needless fears, worries and anxieties that if our status as a sexual minority were known we would then be treated as outcasts and virtual pariahs".
Concluding McCloud reiterated: "Diversity is individuality. Each of us is unique and diverse workforces engender truly outstanding job performance and success on the job. The resulting SYNERGY - the synergistic effect - is that the end results and benefits to these diverse companies are far greater than the sum of the individual parts."
This year's Labor Day Honors List featured the 80 Best Companies for bisexuals with the Diversity Award from the Bi MEN.
The Bi Men Network is the world's largest social and support organization for bisexual men, bi-curious males, gay men, and bi couples. With over 1/4 million adult members on all six continents the Bi Men Network is the major bisexual-focus association on earth today and one of the 10 largest GLBT organizations worldwide as well.
The Bi Men Network website is in the top quintile of popular websites on earth and the #2 bisexual website on earth.
This is the first and only Diversity Award given by any bisexual organization to date. The Bi Men like to think of themselves as a major "B" in the GLBT equation globally. The Bi Men Network's motto is: "You are NOT alone!" - striving to ease the pain, loneliness and isolation of so many bisexual men worldwide.
Stewart McCloud, President /Awards Chair
Organization Names: BI MEN NETWORK & Bi & GAY MEN NETWORK
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