I would – if this was the scenario. Just when I thought I'd heard of all the tricks for being a fantastic employer, the CEO of HSBC ascends to new heights of empathy and devotion – walking one of his team to the altar when her father refused to support her in her same sex marriage.
The best employers understand that people need to be able to bring their whole selves to work. HSBC deserves every bit of PR they will get out of a very authentic act in support of a team member who needed it.
Jennifer and her partner, Sam, have been together for 11 years. The couple has faced countless obstacles living in a conservative society, and since same-sex marriage is still not recognised in Taiwan, they’re not even able to legally register their union. Thankfully, Jennifer’s colleagues rallied around her with support, including CEO John Li, whose arm she held in place of her absent father as the brides approached the alter. “We cried because we never thought we would make it this far,” Jennifer shares in a video produced by HSBC. Indeed, the faces of both brides can be seen streaked with tears, but also marked by the immense pride of a love triumphant against the odds.