Frito-Lay and PepsiCo in June are celebrating Pride Month with events and speakers led by our EQUAL employee resource group at sites across the country. Here at Frito-Lay Headquarters, I have had the opportunity to attend a pair of events that helped open my eyes to the issues faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, both at work and in the community.
EQUAL first welcomed Hudson Taylor, founder of Athlete Ally, who highlighted the importance of straight allies in the fight against bullying and invited employees to become champions of inclusion. Taylor discussed the costs when employees spend so much energy only bringing a part of themselves to work, and shared principles including his Platinum Rule: "Treat others as they want to be treated."
Yesterday, I also attended a Straight for Equality session led by PFLAG. The session encouraged allies to come out in their support of LGBT family members, friends and colleagues, and included advice on how to provide a "Safe Space" for everyone regardless of sexual orientation.
After participating in these events, I signed my name to both the "Ally Pledge" -- committing to do my part to promote the best of athletics by making all players feel respected on and off the field -- and the "Straight for Equality Pledge" -- agreeing that I will let my family, friends and colleagues know that I support equality for all people, that I will stand up for it and that I will begin to incorporate small every day actions to help move it forward.
I am proud to have taken these small steps to help continue to create a safe, supportive and empowering workplace for all PepsiCo employees. How are you helping to create a "Safe Space" where you live or work?