Time Warner Cable has joined the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as a National Corporate Partner, the companies announced this week. The MSO will participate on the NGLCC Procurement Council and Corporate Advisory Council, which act as forums to discuss supplier diversity best practices, standards for doing business with LGBT suppliers and trends in diversity and inclusion. Corporate partners also engage in pro-LGBT workplace policies, authentic LGBT marketing, and purchasing from certified LGBT Business Enterprises.

“While working with diverse suppliers is certainly reflective of our employee and customer population, doing so also gives TWC increased access to high quality vendors and suppliers in the marketplace,” said a TWC spokesperson. “This partnership builds on the work we’ve done in our supplier diversity program with minority and women-owned businesses.” TWC continuously looks for opportunities to enhance its diversity and inclusion strategy, and NGLCC recently provided compelling reasons to embark on a partnership, the company said.

This isn’t TWC’s first initiative that supports the LGBT community. It has sponsored the Los Angeles PRIDE Parade, Stonewall Columbus Festival and Parade, AIDS Walk New York and Los Angeles. It also donated TWC Learning Labs to organizations including Ali Forney Center and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York.

In terms of in-house best practices, the operator has the employee network Out@TWC, which provides mentoring, networking and professional development for LGBT employees, as well as health insurance plans and policies. TWC is also a presenting sponsor of the Wisconsin LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s “LGBT Gives Back” launch celebration event on April 6 in Appleton, WI, and sponsored a similar event in Milwaukee.

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