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HRC Honors 189 Major U.S. Employers as 2012 “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality”

Workplace equality took center stage in New York last night at the Eighth Annual LGBT Workplace Awards Seminar and Reception.  HRC honored 189 companies as 2012 “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”  Companies receiving the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” distinction scored 100 percent on the HRC Foundation’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index, the national standard evaluating policies, practices and diversity efforts relating to LGBT workers.  The Index considers non-discrimination policies, benefits, diversity training and other internal resources for LGBT workers, as well as external support for LGBT consumers and job seekers.  This year HRC raised the bar, making the criteria to earn a 100 percent score on the CEI more stringent, including requiring companies to offer transgender inclusive healthcare coverage.

Of the 189 companies honored at the Time Warner Center, nine received special recognition for earning a perfect 100 percent score on the CEI for ten consecutive years.  These companies have consistently demonstrated a commitment to their LGBT employees and diversity in the workplace.  These companies are: Aetna Inc., Alcatel-Lucent, AMR Corp. (American Airlines), Apple Inc., Eastman Kodak Co., JPMorgan Chase & Co., Nike Inc., Replacements Ltd., and Xerox Corp.

Campbell Soup Company Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Rosalyn Taylor O'Neale gave the keynote address at the event which recognized a decade of progress in corporate equality.   The 2012 Corporate Equality Index report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.  A full list of the 2012 “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality” can be found at www.hrc.org/placestowork.  

Photo by Judy G. Rolfe

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