Affinity Inc Magazine, an important voice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender businesses and employees, recently named Shell as a Top 100 Corporation for LGBT Economic Empowerment for their support of LGBT businesses and employees. The award recognizes companies in corporate America that foster economic stability in the LGBT community and ensure the fair treatment of LGBT employees, suppliers, consumers and partners.

According to Affinity Inc, “The selected top 100 corporations scored 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s recently released 2016 Corporate Equality Index and have active LGBT employee resource groups (ERG) or resources set aside for employees to form an ERG. All have demonstrated a vigorous dedication to bringing LGBT-owned businesses into their supply chains and are active with LGBT business organizations.

“These companies have taken significant steps toward enabling true financial empowerment to help LGBT individuals bring about economic change for themselves. Affinity Inc Magazine salutes these companies and looks forward to telling their stories in 2016 — from their support of LGBT entrepreneurs to highlights of their events and best practices and profiles of their movers and shakers.”

Affinity Inc. Publisher, Robin Dillard spoke to Shell’s long term commitment to LGBT issues, “Shell takes a leadership role in engaging with our 800+ LGBT Enterprises by offering education and mentoring support, specifically in providing them with industry information and more importantly, sharing best practices in how to navigate their corporate supply chain. Last year, we helped Shell facilitate an energy circle with Chevron and Cummins, where we are working to invite and include other energy industry corporate peers at the NGLCC table. This intentional linkage has been extremely valuable to the LGBT Network.”

Debra Stewart, Shell Director of Supplier Diversity & Diversity Outreach said; “We are proud of this award and the progress toward LGBT equality Shell and other corporations have made over the last few years. We will continue to look for opportunities to reach out to the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and other organizations working to increase understanding and equality for the LGBT community.”

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