Good Super has become one of the first companies to sign an open letter of support for Australian Marriage Equality, one of only a handful of superannuation funds.
By becoming a supporter, Good Super has recognised the rights of Australian lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) employees to live and work free of prejudice and discrimination, with all the essential freedoms enjoyed by other members of organisations and the broader community. According to Good Super MD Andrew MacLeod, there were two clear reasons why Good Super lent its name to this social change.
“First and foremost, it is just the right thing to do”, says MacLeod.
“First and foremost, it is just the right thing to do”, says MacLeod. “Corporations do have a role in influencing the social environment around them. It is just not right for corporations to see something that needs changing and say ‘its none of our business’. All parts of our community have a role to play”.
In addition, MacLeod says that such decisions are smart business decisions. “Workplace productivity is impacted by many factors. Employee contentment and happiness does affect productivity. When there is a change that impacts an employee’s general wellbeing, then influencing that change is a business decision as well as a moral decision,” he says. “On the flip side, eliminating workplace discrimination and bullying also impacts on productivity. Corporations supporting Marriage Equality are also, by implication, sending the signal that workplace discrimination and bullying based on sexual preference is not acceptable.”
For more information about the corporate support campaign for Australian Marriage Equality, visit www.australianmarriageequality.org.