HRC Launches 2018 Corporate Equality Index Report

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation has launched its latest corporate equality index (CEI) in the workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer people. In the 16th edition of this report, 609 businesses met every criteria and earned a 100-percent rating and a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” designation. This was the highest number of 100-percent rated business since it launched in 2002, when it had only 13 top-rated companies.

Altogether, the 2018 CEI rated 1,084 businesses, which evaluates a range of LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.

In particular, the report shows significant progress on initiatives to benefit transgendered people as some figures indicate. Fifty eight percent of the Fortune 500 and over three-fourths (79 percent) of the CEI range of businesses have in place some type of transgender-inclusive health care coverage. This represents a huge progress from 2002, when no business offered that, besides being almost three times as many businesses as five years ago. Altogether, 103 new employers offer this coverage in the 2018 report.

Among the Top 20 Fortune-Ranked Companies, 14 received a 100-percent rating, including Wal-Mart, Exxon Mobil, Apple, Berkshire Hathaway and McKesson Corp, to name but a few.

Food, facilities and uniforms company Aramark was among the corporate entities to receive the top score.  The company achieved the top score for the fourth consecutive year. “Aramark is proud to once again be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for achieving a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index,” Eric J. Foss, Aramark’s Chairman, President and CEO, said in a statement. “We share this recognition with our 270,000 team members around the world who are committed to creating a workplace culture that embraces diversity, equality and inclusion.”

Follow the link to download the full report.

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