News - November 2005

Xerox Earns 'Courageous Leadership Award'

The Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley, an education and advocacy organization based in Rochester, today is granting Xerox Corporation the 2005 Courageous Leadership Award, which "recognizes a company that has made a bold, confident action in support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community."

Galaxe Pride at Work, the employee resource group for LGBT Xerox employees, nominated the company for the award. It will be presented at GAGV’s Fifth Annual Equality Leadership Conference in Rochester.

Xerox was selected for the honor because of the company’s recent contest that awarded the "nation’s most deserving small business" with a complete office makeover. Xerox chose Thom Filicia, interior design specialist on NBC/Bravo’s Queer Eye show, to redesign the offices of the winning company, while Xerox provided a full suite of office equipment, software and services. It was Filicia’s inclusion in the project that led to Xerox winning the Courageous Leadership Award, according to the alliance.

"Xerox stepped outside the mainstream and used an openly gay role model to demonstrate strong support for our LGBT creativity while endeavoring to improve the strength of their brand," wrote Kris Hinesley, executive director of GAGV, in a letter to Xerox about the award.

Xerox was also noted for its 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2005 Corporate Equality Index. The index rates major U.S. corporations’ treatment of LGBT employees. Xerox has received a 100 percent ranking each year since the index’s inception in 2002.

The Courageous Leadership Award is the second award Xerox has received from the Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley. Two years ago, Xerox earned the alliance's Business Leadership Award, given for making significant strides in advancing a fair and equitable workplace for LGBT employees.

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