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Colgate Cares: Supporting the LGBTQI+A Community

As a caring, innovative growth company, we take pride in showing up for the LGBTQI+A community. Here are some of the many ways we take action during Pride Month and year-round

June 1, 2022

At Colgate-Palmolive, we are committed to reimagining a healthier future for all and building a brighter, more inclusive company and world. Supporting the LGBTQI+A community around the globe and empowering our employees to be their authentic selves is one way we turn this vision into a reality. 

As a caring, innovative growth company, we take pride in showing up for the LGBTQI+A community. Here are some of the many ways we take action during Pride Month and year-round: 

Facilitating a safe and inclusive workplace 

We are dedicated to creating an environment where all people feel they belong: that means employees can be their authentic selves and receive support to achieve their potential. 

For the sixth consecutive year, Colgate-Palmolive earned a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, which measures employer LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits. Colgate has been offering domestic partner benefits for over 20 years, prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and now offers best in class transition benefits. Colgate was designated by the HRC as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality” company.

New this year, Colgate-Palmolive and Hill’s Pet Nutrition are officially registered as a Safe Space for the LGBTQI+A community. The Safe Space Alliance is an LGBTQI+A-led non-profit organization that aims to help people identify, navigate and create safe spaces worldwide where LGBTQI+A communities can freely express themselves without fear. We’re proud to be part of the Safe Space Alliance and contribute to a global and collaborative safe space community that does not tolerate violence, bullying, or hate speech. 

Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index 100 Score.

Supporting LGBTQI+A employees 

Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) are key drivers in helping us build an inclusive organization where all Colgate People feel they can be their authentic selves. Our ERGs celebrate individual and collective diversity, contribute to employees’ personal and professional development, and offer opportunities for connection. 

Colgate has active LGBTQI+A ERGs in the US, Mexico, Latin America, Europe and Africa/Eurasia, as well as the Hill’s Pride Tribe. These ERGs facilitate belonging and allyship by creating a space for members to come together as a community, hosting guest speakers through live events and digital programming, celebrating key milestones, exploring how to be an ally, and honoring flagship events such as Pride, National Coming Out Day, and World AIDS Day. 

For example, to recognize World AIDS Day, the Colgate LGBTQ+ Allies ERG recently presented an educational panel where healthcare professionals shared their experiences and learnings related to HIV/AIDS care, explaining the connection between oral health, physical health and mental well-being as part of our #KnowYourOQ efforts. And in honor of National Coming Out Day, soccer star Thomas Beattie shared his journey with Colgate employees. 

In Australia and New Zealand, Colgate and Hill’s together host annual Smile with Pride events. These activations both elevate LGBTQI+A employees’ unique stories and diverse voices, and provide opportunities for all employees to learn how to be an ally and show their support. This year, education centered around the importance of pronouns, the LGBTQI+A acronym and flag, and the history of Pride. 

This month, we are excited to celebrate Pride with a global panel discussion featuring LGBTQI+A leaders exploring how we’re building a brighter Colgate where everyone feels they belong, followed by allyship building workshops. We are also hosting local celebrations across our Colgate locations, such as a Pride Flag raising ceremony in Piscataway to kick off the month's festivities.

Representing LGBTQIA+ communities 

Beyond creating an inclusive workplace environment that celebrates the LGBTQI+A community, we strive to extend and champion these values in the communities we serve. One way we do this is through our global advertising, which has evolved to include the under-represented. Through our marketing campaigns, Colgate presents the reality of the LGBTQI+A communities in a manner that is both authentic and optimistic. 

Colgate’s “Yimsu” campaign in Thailand, which is based on a local phrase that combines the meaning of “smile” and “fight,” features Bally, a teacher and anti-bullying activist, who in the video reflects the spirit of “Yimsu” by wearing bold makeup that is authentic to them in order to boost students’ confidence.

Colgate’s “Smile On” campaign in Fiji champions real life stories of the LGBTQI+A community in Fiji and how they put optimism into action, such as this fashion designer, advocate and entrepreneur

Additionally, brands including Colgate Plax in and Sorriso in Brazil and Colgate in Mexico continually look for opportunities to collaborate with the LGBTQI+A community as we celebrate diversity and champion inclusion in our communities around the world. 

Amplifying our impact beyond Colgate 

Colgate has a long history of taking action to support the LGBTQI+A community. We are proud to have signed the amicus brief in 2015 petitioning the Supreme Court to recognize constitutional marriage equality. Building on our years-long participation in pride parades around the world, this year we are excited to once again sponsor the Pride Parade in our hometown, New York City. Our hello brand is also sponsoring its local celebration, the first-ever Pride Festival held in Montclair, NJ.  

As we continually strive to be an ally for positive change, Colgate supports many organizations that share our commitment to enriching LGBTQI+A communities.

Colgate-Palmolive proudly supports Live out Loud.

Colgate is an active supporter of Live Out Loud, a non-profit organization that provides LGBTQ+ youth with resources, role models, and opportunities that help them discover their voice and become leaders of change. This year, we proudly supported Live Out Loud’s Young Trailblazers Gala to celebrate youth scholarship winners and community leaders. 

We also support the Ali Forney Center, which aims to protect LGBTQI+ youth from the harms of homelessness and empower them with the tools they need to live independently.

Colgate also has national and local memberships with the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce, which is the largest the largest advocacy organization dedicated to advancing business opportunities for LGBTQI+ people. 

These are just a few of the incredible organizations we support. To extend our impact even further, Colgate offers a matching gift program for U.S. full time employees, which empowers Colgate People to maximize their donations with a dollar-for-dollar match, up to $8,000 per employee, to a wide range of nonprofits that reflect our company’s purpose to reimagine a healthier future for all – including organizations that support the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQI+ community. 

The Power of WE

All of these efforts are energized by Colgate people working together to create a meaningful impact. Through the power of WE, Colgate-Palmolive is empowering a brighter future for LGBTQI+A employees and allies within our company and within the communities we serve. To learn more about how Colgate-Palmolive is reimagining a healthier future for all and building a more inclusive company and world, check out our 2022 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report and follow us on LinkedIn.

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