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Advancing Equality in the Workplace

HRC’s Greater Cincinnati Steering Committee recently coordinated the Workplace Equality Conference, hosted by Macy’s. The day-long summit focused on using HRC’s Corporate Equality Index to keep pace with changes in LGBT equality in the workplace.

The conference leads up to the release of the 2012 CEI, marking the ten year anniversary of the report. For the past decade, the CEI has been a roadmap for change; helping companies achieve LGBT inclusion in the workplace. From nondiscrimination polices, to benefits, to diversity training and public engagement efforts with the LGBT community – the CEI has contributed to a sea change in corporate America, and we are very excited to share this year’s survey results in a few short weeks.

Deena Fidas, HRC’s Workplace Project Deputy Director, and I reported out on the new CEI criteria for 2012, and Vivian Wilson of Procter & Gamble gave a presentation on transgender 101 issues – from the basics of what gender identity means, to the crucial business case for transgender-inclusion in the workplace.

Brown-Forman’s Raylene Pollio and Emma Hutchens also presented their company’s journey to a 100 on the CEI – from a 20 in the 2009 report, making the remarkable leap to a 100 in just two years. Raylene and Emma spoke to their rapid success in creating an inclusive workplace for all employees, and how the collaboration between Brown-Forman’s LGBT ERG and the Office of Diversity & Inclusion led to their most recent success: transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits for 2012.

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