Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognizes 304 major U.S. employers as its 2014 "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality".

The list of top rated businesses has grown exponentially from 13 to over 300 since the report’s first launch in 2002. For twelve years, HRC has been working with Corporate America to maintain and establish best practice for LGBT inclusion, and this gathering of over 240 executives from top Fortune-ranked business, leading law firms, and other major employers reflects the absolute best in corporate leadership on LGBT equality. These are businesses that haven’t been waiting for legal mandates, but rather have extended equitable health insurance benefits to LGBT employees and their families, establishing a the new standard of truly inclusive employer-provided benefits, adding transgender inclusive health care coverage. This elite group of companies spans all industries, from manufacturing to banking, as well as all geographies.

Companies receiving the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” distinction scored 100 percent on the HRC Foundation’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index, the national survey of Corporate America’s treatment of LGBT workers. The CEI considers non-discrimination policies, equitable benefits, diversity training and other internal resources for LGBT workers, as well as external support for LGBT consumers and job seekers. The 2014 Corporate Equality Index report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.

For a 100 percent in the 2016 Corporate Equality Index report, businesses must additionally:

· Have sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections explicitly included in all of its operations, both within the US and global operations.

· Require US contractors to abide by companies’ existing inclusive non-discrimination policy.

· Implement internal requirements prohibiting company/ law firm philanthropic giving to non-religious organizations that have a written policy of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/ or gender identity.

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