IGLHRC Urges CEOs of US Companies to Support the Rights of LGBT Africans

In the lead-up to the U.S.-Africa Leadership Summit hosted by President Obama to strengthen U.S business investments and trade with Africa, IGLHRC asked some of the invited business leaders to engage African trading partners on the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Africans.

Research shows that violence and exclusion of LGBT people has an economic cost while supporting equal human rights for all is not only a moral imperative, but makes good business sense as well.

To read the full letter IGLHRC Executive Director Jessica Stern wrote to U.S.CEOs, download the PDF. We also wrote to President Obama directly, asking him to engage African leaders and take steps to ensure U.S. Investment is at the benefit of all Africans.

IGLHRC wrote to the following Chief Executive Officers:

Muhtar Kent, Coca-Cola Co, Atlanta, GA

A.G. Lafley, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH

Jamie Dimon, JPMorgan Chase, New York, NY

Alex Gorsky, Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

Virginia Rometty, IBM, Armonk, NY

Lloyd Blankfein, Goldman Sachs, New York, NY

Arne Sorenson, Marriott International, Bethesda, MD

Peter Bowe, Ellicott Dredges LLC, Baltimore, MD

Robert Blackwell Jr., EKI Consulting, Chicago, IL

Stephen Hightower, Hightowers Petroleum Co, Middletown, OH

Paul Hinks, Symbion Power LLC, Washington, DC

John Moore, Acorn Energy, Wilmington, DE

Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo, Purchase, NY

Donald, Thompson, McDonald's, Oak Brook, IL

Greg Foran, Walmart, Bentonville, AR

Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical, Midland, MI

Inge Thulin, 3M Company, St. Paul, MN

Brian Krzanich, Intel, Santa Clara, CA

Alfred Stanley, Intermarine, Houston, TX

Pierre Nanterme, Accenture, New York, NY

Satya Nadella, Microsoft, Redmond, WA