CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY

Virgin CEO Richard Branson Refuses To Do Business With Anti-Gay Uganda, Urges Boycott

branson2Virgin CEO and noted whacky billionaire Richard Branson tweeted yesterday that he “wouldn’t do business in Uganda due to their dreadful anti-gay laws.” Last week Uganda passed a law seeking to imprison gays for life, prompting Branson to write a blog post urging other companies to boycott the West African nation as well:

I have been courted by various people and government officials to do business in Uganda. I was seriously considering it.

However, the dreadful witch hunt against the gay community and lifetime sentences means it would be against my conscience to support this country.

I would urge other companies worldwide to follow suit. Uganda must reconsider or find it being ostracised by companies and tourists worldwide.
The Economist published a graphic showing where homosexuality is illegal in 2013, which makes for distressing viewing. More than 80 countries worldwide criminalise homosexuality, with the death penalty in place in five countries and areas of Nigeria and Somalia.

Governments must realise that people should be able to love whoever they want. It is not for any government (or anyone else) to ever make any judgements on people’s sexuality. They should instead celebrate when people build loving relationships that strengthen society, no matter who they are.

Branson is often vocal of his support for LGBT rights, having spoken out against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law and recorded an Out4Marriage video for the UK’s marriage equality push.