Opportunity WV brings together like-minded businesses and organizations that understand the need to create work environments that foster a culture of inclusion. We understand that strong workforces stem from attracting talent from all backgrounds. And when people feel comfortable, they are empowered to do great things.
A staggering 97 percent of Fortune 100 businesses have inclusive non-discrimination policies. In fact, the large majority of West Virginians – 68% according to Public Policy Polling (2013) – agree that discrimination against LGBTQ Mountaineers is wrong and should be banned.
Yet these bills fail to keep us competitive statewide, nationwide, and worldwide. We must be able to recruit and retain the best, hardest working, and most talented individuals without impediment if we want to grow our economy. And to do so, we must reject harmful legislation that will hold us back.