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These are the best places for LGBTQ+ people to work

By Alex Gonzalez
Published April 2, 2019

Human Rights Campaign has just released it’s Corporate Equality Index for 2019. Every year, hundreds of corporations are surveyed, studied, analyzed, and scored to create an index indicating the quality of their inclusiveness for LGBTQ+ employees, clients, and consumers.

HRC rates companies, firms, and corporations based on criteria in four categories: Non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility including public commitment to LGBTQ equality, and responsible citizenship. This year, over 571 companies earned the coveted 100 score for corporate equality.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in a statement. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also good for business.”

Among 2019’s top scorers are Fleishman-Hillard Inc., Southwest Airlines, Nike, Liberty Mutual, and many others. In their findings, HRC also found that over 16.8 million LGBTQ+ employees are protected by anti-discrimination policies in the workplace. Over 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies have implemented some sort of gender non-discrimination policies, with some even adopting inclusion guidelines for transgender workers in the process of transitioning.

Low Corporate Equality Index scorers include Sanderson Farms Inc., Dole Food Co., and ADT Security.

For the full 2019 Coporate Equality Index report, click here.

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