Corporate giants including Qantas, PricewaterhouseCoopers, SBS and Football Federation Australia have signed an open letter to the federal government in support of gay marriage.
In the letter, they argue that same-sex marriage is not just ‘the only truly fair option’ but ‘a sound economic option’ – as it would make LGBTI employees happy and therefore more productive and give Australia a competitive edge in attracting international talent.
FFA chief executive David Gallop told Fairfax Media: ‘A sport like ours is uniquely placed to raise awareness about this kind of social issue. And we take seriously our support for diversity and inclusion.’
The Diversity Council of Australia is now urging corporate Australia to come forward and join the letter-writing campaign.
‘The business benefits of marriage equality to corporate Australia go beyond just the significant financial gains,’ said CEO Lisa Annese.
‘Marriage equality will truly cement workplace fairness and inclusion for the LGBTI community.’
Telstra, Optus, ANZ, Westpac, IBM and David Jones have previously indicated their support for gay marriage in Australia.