We all quite enjoy the image of the Big Bad Bank - only interested in lining its own pockets. But occasionally they can pleasantly surprise you...
A number of firms stepped into this case to intervene when a British woman was denied a visa for her partner in Hong Kong. Backwardly (for such an international city) visa rights in Hong Kong are still only given to heterosexual partners.
This is a warm fuzzy feelgood story where corporates stand up for general humankind. And whilst it was mostly motivated by the need for financial institutions to remain competitive internationally (by ensuring they are an attractive employment option for everyone) it's still great PR.
See if there's somewhere your client can provide comment, guidance or support, to align their image with one we consider belonging to the greater good. Remember, sometimes even the Big Bad Wolf can have a soft side.
A dozen firms—including Goldman Sachs, Credit Suisse, ANZ Bank, and State Street—have applied for an intervention in QT’s appeal, meaning that they “seek to assist the court by giving a more rounded picture of the issues” from an employer’s perspective, according to a statement today (June 7) from law firm Davis Polk, which is representing the companies. The firms argue that protecting LGBT rights is good business—the companies “all seek to attract and hire top talent from around the world in line with their diversity,” said the statement.