Apr 04, 2019
With inclusive benefits packages, strong workplace protections, and a supportive internal culture, Viacom is working to stitch equality into its company fabric.
Walking among the 2 million revelers at last year’s New York City Pride Parade was a yellow-clad contingent of 350 marchers clustered around floats sponsored by VH1 and Comedy Central. These employees, media members and corporate partners marching on behalf of Viacom underscored the company’s dedication to supporting, promoting and delivering equality to the LGBTQ community.
This public show of support mirrors a strong internal culture of inclusivity, a point that was reinforced when the Human Rights Campaign announced last week that Viacom scored a perfect 100 percent rating on its Corporate Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year. The ranking puts Viacom on a list with 572 forward-thinking businesses that earned the designation of being a “Best Place to Work” for LGBTQ equality.
With inclusive benefits packages, strong workplace protections, and a supportive internal culture, Viacom is working to stitch equality into its company fabric, helping its global network of employees, vendors, and partners show up as their full selves without fear or hesitation.
“Viacom wants all employees to feel welcomed, valued and safe,” says Viacom Chief People Officer Fukiko Ogisu. “Fans around the world see messages of equality woven into our programming, and that is an outgrowth of an internal culture that not only celebrates individuality, but makes sure that our employees have the professional and personal resources to know that we support and value those things that make them unique. While that support is vital to the LGBTQ community, it is by no means limited to them, and Viacom offers programs and benefits to assist employees with a variety of needs and circumstances.”