Viva Aerobus receives “Best Place to Work LGBT” badge
It has been the only Mexican airline this year that received the badge granted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
Viva Aerobus, the ultra-low cost airline in Mexico, reports its inclusion, for the first time, in the list of the Best Places to Work LGBT 2020 of the HRC Equity MX program of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) that certifies companies that guarantee an inclusive work environment. This year, Viva Aerobus was the only Mexican airline to obtain this recognition.
The delivery ceremony was attended by the highest representatives of this American organization as its President Alphonso David; Beck Bailey, Director of the Global Labor Equity Program; Milagros Chirinos, Associate Director of the Global Labor Equity Program; and by the Mexico chapter of the Human Rights Campaign Equity MX, its implementing partners Fernando Velázquez and Francisco Robledo.
Alphonso David, President of the HRC, mentioned that the purpose of the certification is to promote fundamental rights and inclusive work centers for LGBT workers, an aspect that is not only fair, but strategic for business.
This recognition results from a commitment to three criteria established by the HRC Equity MX program: 1) the adoption of non-discrimination policies; 2) the creation of diversity or inclusion groups or councils; and 3) participation in public activities to support LGBT inclusion.
In this regard, Viva Aerobus recently established a Diversity and Inclusion Committee composed of subgroups that work for gender welfare and interests, the LGBT + community, people with disabilities and even to carry out community support actions.
“One of the fundamental pillars of Viva Aerobus is operational efficiency, which requires creativity to find new and better ways to optimize resources. This continuous innovation needs a diverse team, so respect and support for inclusion are inherent elements of our ultra-low-cost business model, ”explained Walfred Castro, Communication Director of Viva Aerobus.
With this vision, Viva Aerobus has launched, under its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, activities for the benefit of employees and passengers with special attention in vulnerable groups.
These efforts include sponsorships to festivals and associations that watch over the LGBTT + community; support for children in medical situations that require air transport through partnerships with the National Cancer Institute and the Mexican Association for the Fight Against Cancer; information and awareness campaigns on diversity and the fight against breast cancer; as well as the organization of the “Viva Cortos” contest, which encouraged the creation of short films about the diversity of Mexico.
"We are convinced that there is a direct relationship between diversity, respect and inclusion with greater talent, productivity and commitment," concluded Walfred Castro.