has long been recognized for
its leadership in fostering a diverse and inclusive corporate environment.
That leadership was highlighted again recently when the company earned a
perfect rating - 100% - in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC)
Foundation`s first Corporate Equality Index.
(Caption: Paul J. Blackney,
president and chief executive officer for Worldspan)
The index rates large
corporations on policies that affect their gay, lesbian, bisexual and
transgender employees, consumers and investors. Worldspan shared top honors
with 12 other leading global companies.
“Worldspan understands that diversity is an important business issue as
well as a social one, and we are committed to empowering our employees to
realize their full potential in an open, accepting environment,” commented
Paul J. Blackney
, president and chief executive officer for Worldspan.
“Through diversity, Worldspan encourages individual and team creativity,
enabling the entire organization to achieve constant innovation and growth.
We are proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our
achievements in this area.”
The 2002 HRC Corporate Equality Index rated 319 companies on a scale of
0 to 100% on several factors affecting gender-based equality. In
addition to Worldspan, AMR Corporation/American also scored 100 percent in the 2002
In recent years Worldspan has launched a number of specific initiatives
designed to nurture a greater understanding of the importance of diversity in
the workplace. The company sponsors periodic, instructor-led diversity
training for both management and non-management employees. These courses
explore the connection between inclusion and organizational strength and
competitiveness, as well as how to build supportive environments. Worldspan
is also a leader in areas such as domestic partner benefits.
The Worldspan Diversity Council, formed in 1998, promotes diversity at
Worldspan through various means, including a company intranet site devoted to
understanding the contributions of different cultures and ethnic groups. The
Council also organizes Taste of the World luncheons, in which company
employees share dishes native to their cultural or regional heritage.
“Worldspan is enriched and strengthened by the diversity of our
workforce,” said Blackney. “Through our ongoing diversity initiatives, we are
building an even greater awareness that our diversity truly is an asset which
helps us serve our customers better.”
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