The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy group, has released the 11th edition of its Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
Despite the fact that people can still be legally denied a job or fired simply for their sexual orientation in 29 states, and for their gender identity in 34, this year, the CEI saw the largest growth in the survey’s history — with 54 new businesses opting into the index — proving that corporate America is committed to LGBT equality.
According to the CEI:
- For the first time in history, a majority of the Fortune 500 offers both sexual orientation and gender identity protections.
- Last year, 189 major businesses accomplished a 100 percent rating on the most stringent scorecard the HRC Foundation has ever administered, including comprehensive benefits parity and more robust requirements of corporate responsibility to our community. This year, an incredible 252 businesses are receiving a perfect score, earning the title “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
- This year we had the highest participation rate to date, with an impressive 54 brand new businesses completing the survey, bringing our total number of rated participants to 688.
- In this year’s CEI, you will also see an exciting trend crystallizing: businesses are implementing an ethos of LGBT inclusion that goes beyond employee policies – as evidenced by the record numbers of businesses that stood with our community to endorse pro-equality legislation.
In addition, a record number of businesses, spanning nearly every industry and major geographic area of the U.S., received perfect scores based on this year’s CEI crtieria, qualifying them for inclusion in HRC’s list of the “Best Places to Work.”
The “Best Places” were ranked on several factors, such as whether the business prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, has transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage and positively engages the external LGBT community.
Notable companies include Apple, Coca-Cola, Disney, General Mills, Google, JP Morgan Chase, Nike, Starbucks, Target, Toyota and United Airlines.
Somewhat surprisingly, Abercrombie & Fitch (and its proud history of sexual exploitation) also made the list, but we guess that objectifying male models kinda counts as positively engaging the LGBT community. At least it always has for us.
You can download the full report here or read it below: