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Gap reaffirms that its stores are ‘open to all’

BY Marianne Wilson

Gap Inc. has joined a public education campaign that promotes inclusion and diversity.

Gap announced it is signing the “Open to All Business Pledge.” and urging other businesses to declare they are “Open to All” and oppose discrimination.

The retailer joins Yelp, Levi Strauss & Co., Lyft, as well as more than 1,500 small businesses and 200 nonprofits, in partnering with Open to All, a public education campaign focused on the principles that affirm when a business opens its doors to the public, it should be open to everyone on the same terms. Gap said it will feature the Open to All window cling in select stores across America.

In addition, the company will post Open to All signs at its headquarter buildings in San Francisco, New York and Albuquerque, as well as at its distribution centers in California, Ohio, Tennessee and New York.

“Together, our brands celebrate equality for all in our workplaces and communities globally,” said Art Peck, president and CEO, Gap Inc. “Not only does this foster inclusivity, creativity and contribute to a more just world, it also helps us be more competitive in the marketplace and better serve our customers. We’re proud to join the Open to All coalition and stand with other businesses to welcome all customers to our brands.

Last month, Gap Inc. was ranked as one of the world’s most diverse and inclusive companies for the second consecutive year in the annual Thomson Reuters Global Diversity and Inclusion Index, which scores companies using environmental, social, and governance metrics. Earlier this year, Gap Inc. was the only U.S. retailer to make the 2018 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index.

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