We’ve been pioneering on LGBT+ inclusion for over 20 years, which has ingrained support for the LGBT+ community in our culture. Back in 1998, we were the first financial services company to offer comprehensive domestic partner benefits as well as to include sexual orientation in our non-discrimination policies.
In the decades since, we have continued to foster a culture of inclusion, served our LGBT+ clients with pride and been resolute in our commitment to the LGBT+ communities in which we live and work.
The bank’s Ally Program encourages our non-LGBT+ employees to unite in their support of the LGBT+ community, and it has more than 25,000 visible allies across 30 countries. Our team’s participation in annual PRIDE events is strong, too. We celebrate our LGBT+ coworkers, family members and neighbors within our company and communities from Boston to North Carolina to California and everywhere in between.
Other ways we promote diversity and inclusion:
- The LGBT+ Pride program, launched in 2009, is a company-supported Employee Network that combines the LGBT+ groups from Bank of America and Merrill
- Helping our colleagues work to erase bias and build greater understanding through global programs like our Unconscious Bias training (rolled out in 2013; 41,000+ employees have participated since) and LGBT+ learning, which helps employees better understand issues facing the LGBT community.