The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) presented The Coca-Cola Company with its Ally for Equality Award at the 2016 HRC Atlanta Gala Dinner.

The award recognizes the outstanding efforts of allies who dedicate time, energy, spirit and commitment to better the lives of LGBT people. HRC is the largest Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights advocacy group and political lobbying organization in the United States.

Brent Wilton, director of global workplace rights for Coca-Cola, accepted the award on behalf of the company. “Coca-Cola has valued its longstanding partnership with the Human Rights Campaign, and our ongoing collaboration reinforces our own values around diversity and inclusion within the company and also the communities where we operate and serve,” said Wilton.

The company also was recognized for standing up on behalf of equality for all Americans, including its recent signing as an inaugural member of the HRC’s Business Coalition for Equality, formed to support the Equality Act (H.R. 3185 and S. 1858). The Act establishes explicit, permanent protections against discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity in matters of employment, housing, access to public places, federal funding, credit, education and jury service.

“We cannot step back but must keep moving forward in our advocacy and opposition to all manners of repression, and we look forward to our continued partnership with the Human Rights Campaign,” concluded Wilton.