Equality Index gives some industry leaders perfect score

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Equality Index gives some industry leaders perfect score

By Mike Troy - 11/13/2017

Forty-three retail and consumer goods companies were among the 609 companies to receive a perfect score on 2018 Corporate Equality Index.

The Index is compiled by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation and each year for the past 16 years the group assigns a percentage score to those companies it determines are advancing policies and practices to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workers. The record-breaking 609 businesses who earned a perfect score on the 2018 version of the index is an 18% increase from the prior year when 517 companies who submitted information to HRC received a perfect score.

In addition to applauding the efforts of extensive list of perfect LGBTQ companies, HRC used the release of the report to condemn the administration of President Donald Trump, which it contends has been engaged in a systematic dismantling of Obama-era protections for LGBTQ people.

“At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “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 operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores.”

The Index was launched in 2002 to assess LGBTQ-inclusive policies and practices at Fortune 500 companies. The universe of companies now covered includes the top 1,000 publicly traded companies and 200 law firms.

To read the full report, click here.