Mozilla CEO pledges inclusivity and equality for LGBT people
Mozilla’s new CEO Brendan Eich has pledged his commitment to fostering equality and inclusivity for LGBTI people after news surfaced he gave support to the Proposition 8 movement.
Mozilla’s new CEO Brendan Eich made headlines yesterday after it was revealed he had pledged funds in support of Proposition 8.
The news sparked calls for a boycott of Mozila products including popular web browser Firefox.
Now Eich has stepped forward to pledge his commitment to fostering equality and inclusivity for LGBTI people in the Mozilla workplace.
Unlike tech giants Apple and Google, Mozilla has steered clear of publicly expressing a position on matters such as LGBTI rights before.
Eich released a statement on his blog yesterday expressing his honour at being appointed in his new role but wanting to lay to rest concerns raised by the LGBTI community. He said he had sought advice from LGBTI people and allies and was committed to making Mozilla a place of equality, welcome for all.
He outlined the following commitments:
Active commitment to equality in everything we do, from employment to events to community-building.
Working with LGBT communities and allies, to listen and learn what does and doesn’t make Mozilla supportive and welcoming.
My ongoing commitment to our Community Participation Guidelines, our inclusive health benefits, our anti-discrimination policies, and the spirit that underlies all of these.
My personal commitment to work on new initiatives to reach out to those who feel excluded or who have been marginalized in ways that makes their contributing to Mozilla and to open source difficult.
He also expressed his desire to be judged on his actions and apologised for causing pain to the LGBT community.
“I know some will be skeptical about this, and that words alone will not change anything. I can only ask for your support to have the time to “show, not tell”; and in the meantime express my sorrow at having caused pain.”
Eich said he wanted to be held accountable for what he does as CEO and is committed to ensuring “Mozilla is, and will remain, a place that includes and supports everyone, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, age, race, ethnicity, economic status, or religion”.
He cited Mozilla’s Community Partcipation Guidleines which he helped develop as a symbol of his ongoing commitment to providing a safe and inclusive workplace.