Taking a stand

Pepsi CEO Indra Nooyi urges North Carolina governor to repeal anti-LGBT law

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PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has delivered a letter to North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory asking him to repeal North Carolina’s new anti-LGBT law, saying it undermines the business interests of North Carolina — where Pepsi has its roots — and that it is inconsistent with how her company treats their employees. She joins a host of other company CEOs and government officials who have expressed their opposition to the new law — including, most recently, executives from Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Qualcomm. The law was designed to block local anti-discrimination measures that would protect LGBT people at public accommodations and allow trans people to use the bathroom corresponding to their gender identity. Protest against the law has been growing steadily, with Google announcing last Friday it would not invest in start-ups in North Carolina as long as the law is not repealed, and Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser, as well as various other city councils, banning any government-related travel to the state as a sign of protest. While Gov McCrory already indicated that he could possibly approve some changes to the law, Republican senate leader Phil Berger disagreed, saying “an overwhelming majority of North Carolinians we’ve heard from support” it. North Carolina’s general assembly reconvenes on April 25.

Nooyi will appear at the Women in the New York World Summit, April 6-8, in conversation with New America president Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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