ASME Statement on North Carolina’s HB2 Legislation

May 24, 2016

ASME has received numerous inquiries related to its stance regarding the passage of HB2 by North Carolina’s legislature and how it impacts the fair and equal treatment of participants in ASME events.   

ASME stands for diversity, inclusion and safety for all who look to engineering and its benefits for the world.  ASME also stands strongly in support of diversity and inclusion in the STEM professions, in STEM education, and in our wider world.  ASME opposes any discriminatory laws.

ASME currently has three conferences scheduled to take place in Charlotte, North Carolina including Power and Energy / ICONE 24 (June 26-30, 2016); AM3D/IDETC/CIE (Aug 21-24, 2016); and Turbo Expo / Power and Energy 2017 (June 25-30, 2017).  Following the advice and lead of many in the Charlotte, NC hospitality community who oppose HB2, ASME will hold these meetings as scheduled. Moreover, ASME has reached out to contracted facilities to ensure that all attendees are treated as fairly as possible.

Going forward ASME will negotiate for the inclusion of contract clauses in their conference contracts that will provide latitude to the Society to respond appropriately and decisively in the event that new legislation like that recently adopted by the State of North Carolina is enacted in other places where ASME does business.


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