FCA US Illuminates Pentastar on Its Headquarters Tower Purple for National Coming Out Day and National Spirit Day

BTL Staff
By | 2019-10-11T10:16:00-04:00 October 11th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US, in honor and support of LGBTQ employees, communities and issues, will light the Pentastar on top of its 15-story headquarters tower purple. This change is in observance of National Coming Out Day and National Spirit Day and will last from Oct. 11 to 17.

This tribute builds on the Company’s longstanding support of LGBTQ communities and employees. Since 2000 it has provided domestic partner benefits to its employees. As part of the tribute, the company also will fly a rainbow flag outside its headquarters facility and conduct a series of informational workshops for employees on such topics as bullying, cyberbullying and suicide prevention. Mark Chernoby is the chief technical compliance officer for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V., head of vehicle safety and regulatory compliance for north america and the executive sponsor of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at FCA US. He said that decision is a step toward increased diversity.

“FCA US is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive business environment in which all people and ideas are welcomed, appreciated and respected,” Chernoby said. “Our diverse business culture represents different people and ideas that come together collaboratively to create products that make us attractive in the marketplace, and support and sustain our success.”

National Coming Out Day is observed internationally to celebrate coming out and to raise awareness of the LGBTQ community and the LGBTQ civil rights movement. The day commemorates the anniversary of the 1987 National March on Washington for lesbian and gay rights and is aligned with the Company’s efforts to promote diversity and respect in the workplace.

National Spirit Day is an annual LGBTQ awareness day observed on the third Thursday in October promoting LGBTQ youth and honoring LGBTQ victims of suicide.

“On behalf of the members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance at FCA US (GALA), we are proud to work for a company that shows us so much support and respect,” said Greg Hawkins, Chair of GALA. “Because of this support, we work in a culture that allows any employee to be as out and honest about their lives as possible.”

As part of its commitment to diversity and inclusion, FCA US supports 10 business resource groups whose objectives include promoting a positive awareness of diverse people and issues within the Company and to ensuring that the Company’s products are tailored to diverse customers.

FCA US BRGs represent a range of affinity communities that include: African ancestry, Hispanic, Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern and female employees. Along with those in the disabled, veteran, working parent and LGBTQ communities.

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