American Airlines has just been named the most faith-friendly Fortune 500 company, edging out two tech companies for the top spot in 2022.
Most Faith-Friendly Large Company In America? American Airlines
The Corporate Religious Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Index (REDI) was initially launched by the Religious Freedom and Business Foundation (RFBF) in 2020 to spotlight religious diversity in corporate spaces. It looks for mentions of religion on corporate diversity webpages and literature, the provision of chaplains, and the offering of faith-based employee resource groups.
Last year, Texas Instruments and Intel took the top two spots. This year, it was American Airlines. At American Airlines, you’ll find employee-led gatherings, specialized resources for counseling, and even practical items like an ablution station for Muslim employees at the company’s Fort Worth headquarters.
There’s also people at American Airlines like Greg McBrayer, whom I covered at in 2019. Not only is he the Chief Flight Controller for American Airlines, he’s also an Anglican priest. Speaking to RNS, McBrayer said:
“You just cannot compartmentalize the things that are your core values. And if you’re a person of faith, that’s going to be your faith. That’s the core of everything I bring into my workday. As a Christian, I’m going to do the very best I can for God every day. And people in a business want that.”
American Airlines’ hosts voluntary meetings it calls Abraham’s Tent. Abraham is a central figure in the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faith and these interfaith gatherings bring together employees from different faith traditions to discuss issues like afterlife, creation, or miracles.
What is not mentioned in any report but what I think merits mentioning is the manner in which American Airlines aggressively courted employees to seek religious exemptions when it came to COVID-19 vaccines. While United Airlines warned employees against suddenly “finding God” and closely scrutinized religious exemption applications, American Airlines welcomed them and never sidelined employees who chose to avoid the vaccine based upon religious conviction.
Texas-based American Airlines has been named the most faith-friendly Fortune 500 company in 2022. In providing multiple opportunities for those of faith (and those who lack faith) to come together, American Airlines hopes to create a more cohesive work environment that promotes respect and understanding.
If you’re an employee at American Airlines, how do you perceive the company’s efforts to serve the faithful?
(H/T: View From The Wing)