Corporate Equality Index: 2008 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent
Corbette Doyle, chief diversity officer, Aon Corp.
"At Aon we have worked hard to ensure that we build and constantly enhance a diverse and productive work environment, and we are thrilled to be recognized for this effort by the Human Rights Campaign. We are proud to be a leader not only in the insurance and human consulting industries, but in the global business community."
Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
J. Martin Carroll, president and chief executive officer, Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Inc.
"We are pleased and honored to be receiving this prestigious award from the Human Rights Campaign. The programs and policies that we have put in place here at Boehringer Ingelheim demonstrate our strong belief in a more inclusive culture, one in which every employee feels valued and welcomed. This national recognition is further proof that Boehringer Ingelheim is an Employer of Choice."
Cisco Systems Inc.
Brian Schipper, senior vice president, Human Resources, Cisco Systems Inc.
"We appreciate the work of the HRC for continuing to provide this important benchmark of corporate policies and practices; Cisco is honored to receive a perfect score. At Cisco, valuing all our employees isn't just the right thing to do, we know that it makes good business sense. Diverse teams foster a creative, innovative work force, enabling collaboration across the company, to deliver products and services for our customers."
Jennifer Jonach, Director, Human Resources - U.S. Region, DuPont
DuPont is proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as having achieved a 100 percent rating on this year's Corporate Equality Index. Respect for all people is a core value at DuPont, and a cornerstone of how we operate everyday. We share HRC's belief that an environment of equality and inclusiveness is essential so that employees may contribute to their fullest. It is an honor to have our efforts recognized by HRC, as well as the employees, customers, and communities we serve.
Gary Tolman, President & CEO, Esurance Inc.
"Esurance is honored to join the esteemed group of companies who also got 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index. Since Esurance’s launch in 1999, we have focused on building a company that treats all of our associates and customers fairly. It is great to have our efforts acknowledged by an organization like the Human Rights Campaign."
Foley & Lardner LLP
Maureen A. McGinnity, chief diversity partner, Foley & Lardner LLP
"We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with a 100 percent rating on its Corporate Equality Index. We value a firmwide commitment to a range of diversity initiatives, including the implementation of policies that promote equal opportunities for attorneys and staff regardless of gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation."
General Motors Corp.
Rod Gillum, vice president for corporate responsibility and diversity, General Motors Corp.
"General Motors is proud to be a part of this ever-growing group of businesses that recognize that non-discrimination policies and practices help attract and retain talented employees. The perfect HRC Corporate Equality Index score is also our way of showing GLBT customers that we support the community and appreciate their business."
Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Paul Pearlman, managing partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
"We take great pride in this top score. Kramer Levin has always believed in the value of diversity in the workplace and that discrimination of any kind, including on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, has no place in our firm."
Norman C. Simon, openly gay litigation partner, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
"I am proud to be part of a firm that recognizes the importance of equitable policies in the workplace and remains dedicated to cultivating a diverse and inclusive environment. Kramer Levin’s extensive GLBT work speaks volumes about the firm’s true commitment to equality."
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Harvey Freishtat, Chairman, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
"McDermott is committed to attracting and retaining exceptional talent to our global practice. With this commitment in mind, McDermott has prioritized the development of strong diversity programs and practices, and the Firm has achieved great momentum in recent years."
Lisa A. Linsky, Chair of the LGBT Diversity Committee, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
"To be recognized with a 100 percent rating for a second year by The Human Rights Campaign is a great accomplishment for the Firm. Diversity is a top priority at McDermott in order to continue to provide excellent service to all of our clients, and to maintain an inclusive workplace for all of our colleagues."
Nixon Peabody LLP
Harry P. Trueheart III, chairman and managing partner, Nixon Peabody LLP
"Nixon Peabody is honored to receive a perfect rating from Human Rights Campaign. A diverse environment makes our firm a more exciting and interesting place to work and it allows us to better respond to the challenges our clients are facing in a multicultural world."
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Lorraine McGowen, Diversity Committee chair, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
"Orrick has long been a leader on diversity issues related to race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity and expression. We are proud of Orrick’s diversity programs and policies, which help the firm, and all of our lawyers and staff, thrive."
Joseph Evall, Diversity Committee for LGBT initiatives vice-chair, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
"We appreciate the recognition HRC is giving to Orrick’s LGBT diversity efforts. We believe that Orrick is a good and fair place for LGBT people to work, and look forward to Orrick's continued service to the LGBT community through pro bono work and other efforts."
Hayward Bell, chief diversity officer, Raytheon Co.
"We are proud to have once again achieved a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, since it directly reflects the strides that our company has made to build a culture that recognizes, respects and leverages individual and cultural differences. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is our undeniable pathway to success for individuals and the company – for everyone, every day and everywhere."
Sprint Nextel Corp.
Sandy Price, senior vice president of Human Resources, Sprint Nextel Corp.
"At Sprint, diversity is an essential part of the way we do business. We’re working hard to create an inclusive workplace that ensures all voices and points of view are valued and respected. This, in turn, allows us to reach a broader base of customers with products and services that truly add value to their lives. Recognition like this from the Human Rights Campaign reinforces that this business approach is not just the smart thing to do; it’s the right thing to do."
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Shelley Freeman, Director, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
"Starwood is inspired by organizations like Human Rights Campaign that validate the importance of inclusion and respect as paramount to a 21st century business model. Our thanks to HRC for recognizing Starwood’s leadership for the second year in a row in the area of inclusion and to our associates who play a critical role in crafting work environments and guest experiences which demonstrate this commitment thereby earning Starwood a 100 percent score on this year's Corporate Equality Index." (full press release)
Sun Microsystems Inc.
Shari Slate, Chief Diversity Officer, Sun Microsystems Inc.
"Corporate success is driven by the innovative and enterprising spirit of communities of employees. A diverse workforce that represents a variety of perspectives is essential to meeting the demands of our global customers. Companies have a responsibility to provide employees with an inclusive work environment that supports their professional and personal development and rewards them for their contributions. We are proud of our diversity efforts, including our 100% score for the fourth consecutive year, and our support of the Employment Non Discrimination Act."
Jeff Noddle, chairman and CEO, Supervalu Inc.
"We are proud to share this honor with some of the most well-respected companies and brands in the country. As a leading food retailer, it's critical that our company mirror our customer base—a richly woven tapestry of diverse cultures. Embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key component of our business strategy, and essential to achieving our goal of being the best place to work, shop and invest in the grocery retail industry."
Darnell Allen, vice president of diversity and inclusion, Supervalu Inc.
"At SUPERVALU, we’re committed to deepening our understanding of diversity and inclusion and building a diverse culture, one that values, encourages and respects the ideas, experiences and contributions of all associates. Our diversity and inclusion efforts range from the workplace to the in-store shopping experience to the partnerships we have with our vendors and suppliers. Diversity and inclusion energizes associates, creates a competitive edge and drives improved performance. Achieving the top rating on the Corporate Equality Index is a testament to our efforts."
Wells Fargo & Co.
Julie White, director of Human Resources, Wells Fargo & Co.
"This is the fourth year in a row that we’ve received a perfect rating on the Corporate Equality Index, and this outstanding recognition is a testament to our longstanding commitment of creating an inclusive and progressive environment for all our team members. We offer fair and equal policies for LGBT employees, provide great services and customized financial advice to our diverse customers, and our team members are actively involved in LGBT non-profit organizations and community programs. We’re proud of our score and will continue to invest in all aspects of diversity for our team members and our customers."
Cammie Dunaway, Chief Marketing Offficer and executive sponsor of LGBT employee group, Yahoo! Inc.
"Yahoo! is proud to be part of HRC’s Corporate Equality Index and to be in the company of a pioneering group that has stepped up to create a more inclusive work environment for today’s diverse employee groups. We’re committed to making Yahoo! a great place to work and remain focused on offering progressive employment policies and benefits while recruiting the best talent from all backgrounds. We value our tens of millions of LGBT consumers around the world and are always looking for ways to further connect them to the information, passions, and communities that matter most to them, on our Yahoo! LGBT Pride site and across our network."