Vertex Recognized for Initiatives to Support LGBTQ Community

NEC member Vertex Pharmaceuticals has made the creation of a positive, inclusive environment a company wide-priority. In 2020, Vertex applied for the Human Rights Corporate Equality Index and received a perfect score. Vertex has also been named a BBJ Corporate Ally Award winner for the Company’s commitment to the Boston Area’s LGBTQ Community.

These awards come following Vertex’s sponsorship of a banner at the Boston Pride Parade, as well as investing nearly $100,000 in the LGBTQ community, including contributions to Fenway Health, Out Metro West, and the Human Rights Campaign. In 2016, Vertex launched it’s PRIDE employee resource, and the company’s LGBTQ affinity group has 300 members. The affinity group has organized educational events, advocated for organizations in need of donations, and worked with facilities to plan and build gender-neutral restrooms. Vertex recently launched a mentorship program in which LGBTQ employees meet with senior leadership over a five-month period to increase understanding of work experience and learn how to grow a stronger company.

“We want the best and brightest minds from all backgrounds around the table solving tough problems. And it’s so important for us to have a culture where all of our employees feel encouraged to speak up and share ideas and challenge one another freely and authentically,” Stephanie Franklin, senior vice president and chief human resources officer said in an interview.

The New England Council commends Vertex Pharmaceuticals for their commitment to  fostering an inclusive workplace and supporting the broader LGBTQ community in the region. Read more from the Boston Business Journal.

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