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Partnership with Texas Competes: Statement of Texas Employers and Business Organizations on Diversity & Inclusion


The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is part of a partnership with Texas Competes. Our organization believes in equality. We’re proud to stand with our fellow business leaders in advocating for Texas where everyone is welcoming, including our LGBTQ team members, their families, and our customers.

Read the full statement below:

Statement of Texas employers and business organizations on diversity & inclusion

Texas’ strong, diverse economy is proof that a welcoming state pays off – in jobs and quality of life. Central to the state’s success in our opinion is a respect for inclusion and diversity among job creators, including the ability to attract and retain talent and service customers. Treating all people with dignity and respect is core to the state’s continued prosperity. We will continue to oppose any unnecessary, discriminatory, and divisive measures that would damage Texas’ reputation and create problems for our employees and their families. These include policies that explicitly or implicitly allow for the exclusion of LGBTQ people, or anyone else, as well as the preemption of municipal nondiscrimination laws, in whole or in part. Such measures are inconsistent with an innovative, forward-facing Texas that we can all be proud of. As businesses operating in the Lone Star state, we urge policy makers to remain committed to the things that matter: building a great public education system; continuing to foster a business-friendly climate; creating strong infrastructure that allows for even more jobs; and cultivating the quality of life so prized by both lifelong Texans and new arrivals to this wonderful state.

To view all other organizations that have also signed this statement, click here.

About Texas Competes

Texas Competes is a partnership of business leaders committed to a Texas that is economically vibrant and welcoming of all people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The Texas brand matters to businesses because that brand can have an impact on business, municipal, and state competitiveness for talent, entrepreneurship, corporate relocation, and tourism.

Business leaders know that brand matters. And the brand of the state of Texas on LGBT issues matters to economic competitiveness. An inclusive Texas is crucial to:

• Attracting entrepreneurs and company relocations
• Maintaining a strong travel and tourism industry
• Attracting the best talent to the state

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