More than 150 Mallinckrodt employees joined with family and friends to show support for and solidarity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by participating in Pride festivities in New Jersey and St. Louis, Mo., both events in which the company served as a sponsor. June marks Pride Month, which recognizes the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history – locally, nationally and internationally. In addition to participating in community celebrations, the company flew the Pride and Transgender flags outside its offices as a symbol of pride and LGBT social movements.
“Mallinckrodt values the strength that our organization derives from the varied experiences, cultures and views of our employees,” said Mark Trudeau, Mallinckrodt President and Chief Executive Officer. “The company continues to support the right of every employee to work in a safe and welcoming environment that promotes individual dignity and respect.”
In New Jersey, where the company has built a new campus for its Specialty Brands business in Bedminster, the company was a gold sponsor of Jersey Pride, the June 4 march, rally and festival – the state’s 26th annual LGBTQ Pride celebration. Held in Asbury Park, Mallinckrodt employees participated in the march event, passing out beads and branded items. The event also served as a way for Mallinckrodt to introduce itself to the community, providing information about careers with the company as well as information on Inclusion and Diversity initiatives and business resource groups.
In St. Louis, members of Mallinckrodt’s executive leadership team participated in the parade, including Mark Trudeau and Ian Watkins, Chief Human Resources Officer. Four Missouri state legislators, members of both the Democratic and Republican parties, also joined the festivities. Mallinckrodt’s guests of honor included Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh; Sen. Scott Sifton; and Reps. Tom Hannegan and Tracy McCreery.
“At Mallinckrodt, we share the core values of equality and dignity for all people, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said Mark Tyndall, Mallinckrodt Vice President of Government Affairs. “We were extremely honored to have a bipartisan group of Missouri legislators standing with us in support of the LGBT community in St. Louis.”
Todd Alan, Director of Corporate Sponsorship and VIP Experience, for Pride St. Louis, Inc., added that Mallinckrodt’s support year-over-year is truly appreciated, noting “Sometimes what gets lost when talking about corporate sponsorships is that it’s not just showing support for the LGBT community as a whole, you are showing your employees – past, present and prospective – that regardless of any laws of the land, the best and the brightest should want to work for Mallinckrodt because you are best-in-class and offer every protection, benefit and inclusion to your team.”
Diversity and inclusion are an integral part of Mallinckrodt’s culture as evidenced by the company’s inclusive policies, practices and benefits. The company was recently named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index, and have enhanced their employee benefits by adding transgender-inclusive coverage to the 2017 medical and pharmacy plans. Mallinckrodt was also a vocal opponent of LGBT discriminatory state legislation and is an active sponsor of national and local organizations that advocate for LGBT equality.
From left: Sen. Scott Sifton (D-1 St. Louis County); Senate Minority Leader, Gina Walsh (D-13-St. Louis County); Rep. Tom Hannegan (R-65-St. Charles); Rep. Tracy McCreery (D-83-St. Louis)