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Jes Staley recently picked up the Corporate Partner Award from Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC), which also presented awards to Jes’s brother Peter Staley and former US President Bill Clinton for their AIDS activism.

The Corporate Partner Award recognises both Barclays’ proud history of supporting LGBT rights and Jes’s own track record of advancing LGBT equality in the corporate world.

GMHC, founded in New York in 1981, is the world’s first AIDS service organisation, and provides health care, meals, and other services to thousands of people annually. Through the efforts of Spectrum, Barclays has supported GMHC’s New York City AIDS Walk since 2008. Thanks to fundraising by over 700 colleagues, Barclays has raised more money for GMHC than any other financial services firm.
 

Embracing diversity is one of the most important things that an individual or a firm can do.
Jes Staley, CEO, Barclays

“I accept this award as a challenge for me and for Barclays to continue to do more, because I don’t think the world is a level playing field,” Jes said in remarks at the event. “I think it is up to banks and major corporations to do everything they can to level out the playing field for all individuals, regardless of race, gender identity or sexual orientation.”

Jes cited the experience of watching his brother Peter become an AIDS activist as a catalyst for his own efforts to promote inclusion in the workplace. “Peter taught me about empathy, about the value of engaging with people who are different from me. Embracing diversity is one of the most important things that an individual or a firm can do.”

 

Peter Staley, Kelsey Louie and Jes Staley

Left to right: Peter Staley, Kelsey Louie (GMHC CEO) and Jes Staley.

In his remarks, Jes also thanked Barclays employees for their leadership in advancing LGBT equality. “My colleagues' example teaches me every day what it means to be a Corporate Partner, whether they are volunteering to serve meals to LGBT seniors, mentoring LGBT youth, or raising money for organizations like GMHC,” Jes said.

Extending the partnership with GMHC, Barclays recently made a grant to support GMHC programmes, including an innovative workforce development initiative. The initiative provides internships for homeless LGBT youth with the Ali Forney Center, an organisation with which Barclays has partnered since 2010.

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