Mallinckrodt CEO Mark Trudeau Joins Business Leaders Urging Removal of State Discriminatory and Anti-LGBT Legislative Provisions

At Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, we believe equal opportunity and fair treatment should extend to everyone. That is why we prohibit and speak out against any discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, ethnicity, marital or family status, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, genetic information and any other characteristic protected by law.

We are committed to and believe strongly in the power of inclusion and diversity, both in its importance within our company and its positive difference within our communities. We recognize, support and embrace different cultures, ideas, experiences and perspectives, and leverage the value they bring to Mallinckrodt – helping to spark creativity, solve problems, improve processes, enhance productivity and drive innovation. All of this makes Mallinckrodt stronger as we deliver value to the patients and other stakeholders we serve.

We also join other top companies in recognizing that inclusion and diversity are vital as we look to recruit, engage and retain talented employees. We believe diversity provides a competitive advantage, not just for us but also for economic development and the betterment of the communities in which our customers, employees, business partners, patients and other stakeholders live and work.

Missouri Senate Joint Resolution (SJR) 39
Mallinckrodt President and CEO Mark Trudeau joined St. Louis area business leaders and the St. Louis Regional Chamber in an appeal to the Missouri state legislature to reverse potentially discriminatory provisions in SJR 39. The April 4, 2016, letter was delivered to Missouri Speaker of the House Todd Richardson, Majority Floor Leader Mike Cierpoit, and Reps. Caleb Jones and Elijah Haahr. Leaders from companies including Express Scripts, MasterCard, Monsanto, Dow and BJC also signed on to the letter.

Find the full letter below:

Dear Speaker Richardson:

Like many employers, we promote diverse, inclusive and equitable workplaces. In the global competition for talent, the success of our companies is heavily based on our ability to attract and retain the best and most diverse group of highly skilled employees, regardless of religion, race, gender or sexual orientation. Our workers and potential workers must feel welcome in the state where they choose to live and work. It is equally vital for Missouri to have an open business environment that welcomes all residents and visitors. 

We respect the right of all individuals to exercise their religious beliefs as enshrined in the U.S. and Missouri Constitutions. However, we are concerned that some provisions of Senate Joint Resolution 39 are directly counter to our Missouri values and will have significant negative economic effects on our state.

As we saw in the reaction to the signing of the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act last year, laws that allow those engaged in public commerce to discriminate will hurt our economy and our image as a welcoming state. Estimates of economic losses due to travel boycotts and canceled business expansions in Indiana are as high as $60 million and the negative effects are still being felt a year later.

While we understand the desire to protect clergy and religious institutions from having to perform ceremonies counter to their beliefs, expanding protections to individuals and private businesses that voluntarily enter the stream of public commerce sends the message to the rest of the country that Missouri condones discrimination. We urge you to amend SJR39 to remove these provisions.

North Carolina House Bill (HB) 2
Trudeau also recently added his signature to an open letter from prominent business leaders calling on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory and the North Carolina General Assembly to repeal  provisions of HB 2, a new law that overturns local protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals and could permit discrimination against LGBT individuals in everyday commercial activities.

The letter was delivered March 31, 2016, to Gov. McCrory’s office by the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization, and Equality NC, the state organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians. Leaders from other companies including Apple, Starbucks, Citibank, TD Bank, Hilton, Starwood Hotels, Choice Hotels, eBay, Accenture, Kellogg Company, Reddit, Barnes & Noble, Atlassian, Ingersoll-Rand, Wasserman and the Wasserman Foundation, and CA Technologies have signed onto the letter along with Mallinckrodt.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality. It envisions a world where LGBT people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community. Equality NC is a statewide organization working to secure equal rights and justice for LGBT North Carolinians. For more information, please visit www.equalitync.org

Find the full letter below:

Dear Governor McCrory,

We write with concerns about legislation you signed into law last week, HB 2, which has overturned protections for LGBT people and sanctioned discrimination across North Carolina. Put simply, HB 2 is not a bill that reflects the values of our companies, of our country, or even the overwhelming majority of North Carolinians.

We are disappointed in your decision to sign this discriminatory legislation into law. The business community, by and large, has consistently communicated to lawmakers at every level that such laws are bad for our employees and bad for business. This is not a direction in which states move when they are seeking to provide successful, thriving hubs for business and economic development. We believe that HB 2 will make it far more challenging for businesses across the state to recruit and retain the nation’s best and brightest workers and attract the most talented students from across the nation. It will also diminish the state’s draw as a destination for tourism, new businesses, and economic activity.

Discrimination is wrong and we believe it has no place in North Carolina or anywhere in our country. As companies that pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming to all, we strongly urge you and the leadership of North Carolina’s legislature to repeal this law in the upcoming legislative session.