MillerCoors honored for support of LGBT community
From The Business Journal of the Greater Triad Area
In lieu of the recent Congressional move to pass crimes legislation, I found it quite interesting that while that is moving through the process, came this timely news from one of our avid readers and contributors.
MillerCoors has received the 2009 Matthew Shepard Foundation corporate Essential Piece Award, awarded annually to a business exhibiting and supporting inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
“We are a company made up of a diverse group of people who work together to fulfill two basic commitments — brewing great beers and supporting the communities where we live and work, and we believe it is critical that we promote diversity and inclusion everywhere we are as a business, including the LGBT community,” Leo Kiely, MillerCoors CEO, said.
MillerCoors, with a major plant in Eden, is a national sponsor of the Matthew Shepard Foundation, founded by Dennis and Judy Shepard in memory of their 21-year old son, Matthew, who was murdered in an anti-gay hate crime in Wyoming in October 1998.
In addition, MillerCoors:
Teamed with the Matthew Shepard Foundation and Human Rights Campaign to pass the Matthew Shepard Act and Employment Non-Discrimination Act;
Was the first company in the alcohol beverage industry to provide domestic partner benefits;
Sponsor an LGBT employee affinity group which offers educational, social and support opportunities for its members and all MillerCoors employees;
Supports non-profits working with people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS.
“This award is a testament to all that MillerCoors embraces and leverages diversity and inclusion in our work place and community,” said Doug Sanborn, brand manager for multicultural marketing, LGBT, for MillerCoors. “Under no circumstances can we tolerate hate or discrimination, and we do everything we can as a company to help educate others.”
In addition to awarding MillerCoors the corporate award, the Foundation honored Sanborn as the individual recipient of the “Essential Piece Award.”