Taking pride

It’s Pride Month, and ABB has many reasons to be proud

As a global company with a large and varied employee population, ABB has taken diversity and inclusion (D&I) seriously for a long time. We have taken many steps to promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion for all employees. As a result, here and across the world, our employee base is as diverse and multicultural as the communities we serve. For Pride month, we’d like to highlight a few of the steps ABB has taken toward LGBTQ+ inclusion.

  • Encompass Pride – ABB supports Encompass, a network of diversity & inclusion employee resource groups. Our LGBTQ+ group, Encompass Pride, meets monthly and holds a wide variety of events for Pride month.
  • LGBTQ+ Awareness training – Encompass Pride, in partnership with ABB’s Talent and Learning team, developed a 20-minute training module that provides a brief overview of basic definitions, scenarios, and ways to be an ally. The training is available for all employees via the company’s internal website.
  • Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index – ABB joined over 1,000 companies that showcase their commitment to LGBTQ+ workplace equality by earning 90% on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. The Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices, and benefits pertinent to LGBTQ+ employees. It rates companies on four measures: workforce protections, inclusive benefits, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility, and responsible citizenship.
  • ABB signed United Nations Standards of Conduct for Business Tackling Discrimination against LGBTQ+ People. The Standards of Conduct provide five concrete steps that companies can take to align their policies and practices with international standards on human rights of LGBTQ+ These include respecting human rights, eliminating discrimination, provide support, preventing other human rights violations, and acting in the public sphere.
  • LGBTQ+ organization partnerships – ABB has partnered with several LGBTQ+ organizations that facilitated ABB’s focus on workplace equality and recruitment, including Human Rights Campaign, Equality North Carolina, Out 4 Undergrad, oSTEM, and Stonewall.
  • ABB supported the Equality Act – ABB joined the Human Rights Campaign and many other companies supporting the US Equality Act.  The Act would provide consistent and explicit non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people across key areas of life, including employment, housing, credit, education,
    public spaces and services, federally funded programs, and jury service. 

ABB will continue to build a welcoming work environment for all employees because it’s the right thing to do. It also happens to be good business. Our company thrives on innovation, and experts agree that this happens best when people are free to be themselves at work.

So, hats off to our LGBTQ+ coworkers—thanks for everything you do to make ABBand everything we do together better.

Learn more about ABB’s Diversity and Inclusion.

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Michael Gray

Michael joined ABB in December 2008 and is the ABB Country Holding Officer for the United States. He has also served as the US Chief Financial Officer and managed US ABB’s overall financial model, including corporate, ARIC and GBS functions. Building on his expertise in global taxation, mergers and acquisitions, global financing arrangements and project management, he has also acted as Senior Vice President of Taxes for North America and as Global Finance Integration Leader for ABB’s GEIS acquisition.
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