Indiana is home to about 20 percent of the 5,000 Genesys employees worldwide. Yet Indiana is one of only five states in the United States that does not have some form of bias crime law that allows additional sentencing consideration for offenses motivated by hate.

At Genesys, we are one team, one community, and we do not tolerate hate. We value diversity and respect the differences among people, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation. And we want the communities in which we live, work, and do business to protect our employees, customers, partners, and other community members against bigotry. We believe diversity of background and perspective results in happier, more engaged employees and creates more successful business relationships.

For that reason, I am proud to put the full support of Genesys behind a statement by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce that calls on the State General Assembly to send strong and unambiguous bias crimes legislation to Governor Holcomb during the 2019 legislative session. I invite the members of the Indiana technology industry to raise their voices in unison with other Hoosier business leaders in asking citizens and community organizations to petition their representatives to pass a bill quickly, with open debate.

Genesys recently sponsored a survey with MIT Technology Review that looks at the key characteristics of iconic companies. While there are many unique attributes, one thing these companies share is clarity of the personal values of their leadership team. It’s important to know what you stand for — and against. The Genesys leadership team stands for equality, diversity and inclusion. They are part of the fabric of this company, this country, and the civilized world. And we stand against intolerance.

It’s as straightforward as this – the spirit of this initiative for new legislation aligns with Genesys core values and our emphasis on diversity and respect for others. We’re proud to be a part of the Indiana community and will do our part to make it a place where our employees feel safe, valued and at home, no matter what their backgrounds are. That’s why we support this call to action by the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, and we hope other members of TechPoint will join us. It’s just the right thing to do.

Discover how Genesys has already committed to growing diversity in Indiana.