The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2017 Corporate Equality Index, which examines how businesses treat LGBT employees.
I was pleased to see that my own employer is on the list and just received an email from our Chief Diversity Officer sharing the good news.
These companies get the job done:
The HRC CEI rates companies and top law firms were rated on factors including non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, public commitment to equality, responsible citizenship and organizational accountability around LGBT inclusion.
While the list has plenty of expected winners—Apple, American Express, Coca-Cola—several companies made sizable improvements from last year: PetSmart and Toys ’R’ Us jumped from 75 to 100, while BJ’s Wholesale Club, which earned a 20 in last year’s report, earned a perfect score this year.
The biggest growth has been in expanded support for transgender workers: When the CEI launched in 2002, just 3% of Fortune 500 companies had non-discrimination protections that included gender identity. Today, that number is 82%. And 73% offer transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage, up from 60% from last year.
Additionally dozens of companies have spoken out against HB2, in some cases canceling projects in North Carolina altogether. As HRC’s Deena Fidas points out, these employers “continue to outpace lawmakers and lead the way forward.”
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