Top CEI Performers Reaffirm Commitment to LGBT Equality
December 15, 2011 by Liz Cooper, Manager of Corporate Programs, Workplace Project
As the CEI criteria became more stringent this year, some companies saw their scores fluctuate for the first time in many years in the 2012 report. Even as some companies saw their scores drop, they continue to be trailblazers in LGBT equality, both in the workplace, and outside the four walls of their business. We applaud and thank those employers for remaining firm in their commitment to LGBT workplace inclusion, and look forward to continuing our work together toward the 2013 CEI gold standards.
The following is a guest post from Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company:
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) congratulates the companies on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index that scored 100 percent, and is proud to be among a prestigious group of highly rated companies for the past five years. We have worked and continue to work hard to improve LGBT inclusion, both in our company and our communities. Our thriving Pride Employee Resource Group (ERG) -- for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and allies – works to increase the awareness and education of the company’s leadership and workforce on LGBT issues. As an example of Pride’s work, MassMutual recently donated $25,000 to GLSEN’s Safe Space Campaign. MassMutual also is a sponsor of the Out & Equal Conference, where representatives from the company were on hand to conduct spot interviews and collect resumes of attendees interested in the financial services industry.
We are currently engaged in extensive market research, working with our ERG to better understand and help meet the needs of the LGBT market, and in the public policy arena, provided visible support for the LGBT community as a member of the HRC’s Business Coalition for Benefits Tax Equality. On the municipal, state and national level, we have publically come out against the discriminatory impact and other negative consequences of the Defense of Marriage Act and supported Massachusetts legislation such as An Act of Gender Equality, signed into law last month and An Act Relative to Implementation of the School Bullying Law.
As we move into 2012, we reaffirm our commitment to LGBT equality and continuing our work with the HRC to make it a reality.
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