Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality
February 2, 2012 by Liz Cooper, Manager of Corporate Programs, Workplace Project
As Fortune magazine announced its annual 100 Best Companies to Work For list, HRC would like to honor its list of 189 employers that scored a 100 on the 2012 Corporate Equality Index, earning each the much-deserved recognition as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”
These 189 employers represent virtually every industry and state in the U.S., and are proof positive that equality is good for business. Twenty-one of Fortune’s 100 Best Places to Work in 2012 are also among HRC’s Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.
- Boston Consulting Group
- Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants
- Alston & Bird
- Bingham McCutchen
- Goldman Sachs
- Perkins Coie
- Ernst & Young
- American Express
- General Mills
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Capitol One
These employers recommitted themselves to LGBT workplace equality in the 2012, as new, more stringent criteria standards demanded more from those employers to earn a 100 on the CEI. The new standards offered an opportunity for employers to realign their best practices with emerging needs of LGBT employees, and offered opportunities for new businesses and industries to position themselves as thought leaders in LGBT diversity and inclusion.
In addition to a fully inclusive non-discrimination policy, complete parity across domestic partner benefits, and a demonstrated commitment to LGBT inclusion and engagement both in and outside its four walls, the 2012 CEI required employers to have transgender-inclusive health care coverage. In the 2012, 206 employers will have transgender-inclusive health care benefits, compared to 85 employers in 2011, and just 66 in 2010. This amazing progress is a credit to CEI participants’ commitment to best practices for the safety, health, and inclusion of their LGBT employees.
Whether you are staying in a hotel, surfing the net, hiring a lawyer, doing your taxes, shopping online, shopping at the mall, buying groceries, buying a computer, or going wireless, you can rest assured that there are businesses you patronize that value their employees as much as their bottom lines.
View the full list of your 2012 leaders in LGBT workplace equality.
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