Uphold is founded on the key pillars of transparency and accountability, and at our very core, we stand for fairness, inclusion and equality. Just as Uphold brings financial services to everyone, everywhere, we’ve also built a company that brings the principles of fairness, inclusion and equality to everything we do.

As the openly gay, British CEO of an American company, I have watched in shock and dismay as legislation has been abruptly proposed or enacted in several states across the union seeking to invalidate the basic protections and rights of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) U.S. citizens.

Some of you may be aware that Uphold’s U.S. headquarters is based in Charleston, South Carolina. In recent days, we have been made aware that South Carolina Sen. Lee Bright has introduced a bill largely mirroring North Carolina's controversial law that blocks local governments from passing LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinances. As such, we feel compelled to take action to oppose the discrimination being proposed in South Carolina and protect our LGBT employees.

Today, Uphold has taken the difficult decision to move its U.S. corporate Headquarters from Charleston, South Carolina to Los Angeles, California.

We will stand firm in our commitment to fairness, equality and inclusion and our strong conviction that we can make a difference by living our core values. It’s the right thing to do for our members, employees, partners and the communities in which we live and work.

Upwards, Always.

Anthony Watson

President & Chief Executive Officer


About Anthony Watson

Anthony is a leading British business & technology executive and a renowned human and LGBT rights campaigner. In addition to Uphold he sits on the Board of several public companies and global charities. Including GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBT media rights advocacy organisation. He also Chairs the British Labour Party’s Business & Enterprise Council. Anthony’s full BIO can be found here:https://uphold.com/en/about-us/company#/anthony-watson