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Exxon Bans Outside Flags, Like the Pride Banner, From Company Flagpoles

Workers can display the banner on other areas of the company’s properties, including on lawns. The company is allowing a flag representing an L.G.B.T. employee group.

Exxon Mobil will no longer allow banners of outside organizations on its flagpoles, angering some employees who in the past had flown a rainbow pride flag.

The new policy allows only government flags and those representing Exxon Mobil and its employee resource groups, which are employee-led affinity organizations that are generally blessed by employers. Workers can display the pride flag and representations of other groups like Black Lives Matter on other areas of the company’s properties, including on lawns or in digital spaces.

“It is a longstanding practice at our facilities around the world that E.R.G. flags can be flown during signature months,” Tracey Gunnlaugsson, vice president of human resources at Exxon Mobil, said in a statement. “The flags are directly related to our business and company

Keep reading this article on The New York Times Energy & Environment.

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