One of the most satisfying feelings of running your own business, is the chance to run it in a way that is consistent with your own ethics and values.
Over the next few months, we’ll be taking more steps to make it clear where we stand on social and environmental issues and what we’re doing as a business to reflect this.
We wanted to start with declaring our support personally and as a business for Marriage Equality in Australia. Our open letter is below and we sent this to Australian Marriage Equality today.
We look forward to celebrating this important milestone in the not too distant future.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM GIN LANE AUSTRALIA
As Directors of Gin Lane, we write to express our support for marriage equality.
We recognise that diversity makes workplaces stronger and more successful. We support the right of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) employees to work and live in environments free of prejudice and discrimination, enjoying the essential freedoms experienced by other employees and the broader community.
We believe that individual rights and liberties are critically important. They are essential in the creation of a healthy, harmonious and open society. An equitable society, free of discrimination, allows all employees to function at their best. This has obvious benefits for small businesses. Australia, a nation with a robust democratic tradition, would also benefit greatly from allowing all its citizens to be treated equally.
The Australian people are increasingly supportive of marriage equality, with a recent study showing 72 per cent believe same-sex couples should be allowed to marry. We agree. Globally, over 20 countries have passed laws to allow same-sex marriage, including the United States of America, Ireland, New Zealand, Canada and Great Britain – which did so with lower support for marriage equality than Australia is seeing right now. Times have changed.
Not only is marriage equality the only truly fair option, but it is also a sound economic option, given that a happy workforce is a productive one. To remain competitive, and to attract top talent from around the world, organisations – and nations – must create a fair and respectful environment for all.
Equality in the workplace works; Discrimination does not.
We support the right for our colleagues, employees, family and friends to have equal opportunities in life. We wholeheartedly support marriage equality and encourage our government to do so also.
Lindsay & Paul