Corporate Equality Index: 2009 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent

Barnes & Noble Inc.

Michelle Smith, vice president of Human Resources, Barnes & Noble Inc.
“We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation with a 100 percent rating on its Corporate Equality Index.  Barnes & Noble was one of the first retailers to offer domestic partner benefits to our booksellers more than 13 years ago.  Today, we pride ourselves in attracting the best and most diverse talents and will continue to offer and expand such benefits to our more than 40,000 booksellers.  Our stores are not only a place where our dedicated booksellers can grow and prosper, but also community centers that provide valuable resources to our customers.  We offer a wide selection of books, music, DVDs and other merchandise, as well as host more than 100,000 community events nationwide that support and reflect the diversity of the communities that we serve.”

Diageo North America

Ivan Menezes, president and chief executive officer, Diageo North America
“This rating confirms that Diageo continues to make progress in our diversity and inclusion goals. It encourages us to intensify efforts and provides an environment where our employees feel authentic and bring their true selves to work every day.”

Neil Tallantire, senior vice president of innovation and Rainbow Network chair, Diageo North America
“Achieving this rating motivates us to continue raising awareness among our entire employee base as well as our GLBT consumers. This rating also reflects a long-standing relationship between Diageo and HRC. In keeping with DC&E’s commitment to equal rights for all, BV became the featured wine of HRC and the official toast of many of the national fundraising galas. This was not only the right thing to do but also a good way to demonstrate support for the GLBT community.”

Dickstein Shapiro LLP

Michael Nannes, chairman, Dickstein Shapiro LLP
“We are committed to fostering a work environment in which diversity is not only accepted, but valued and celebrated. I believe that it is the Firm’s atmosphere of inclusion and respect that attracts new talent and motivates current attorneys and staff to stay and grow with the Firm.”

Esurance Inc.

Gary Tolman, chief executive officer, Esurance Inc.
“Esurance is honored to achieve 100 percent from the Human Rights Campaign for our second year. Good business is all about treating all of our associates and customers fairly and equally, and we are very proud to be included in the ranks of the great businesses honored by the Human Rights Campaign.”     

Haynes and Boone

Felicity Fowler, partner, Labor and Employment Practice Group and chair of Diversity Committee, Haynes and Boone
“Striving for equality for all employees is an ongoing initiative at Haynes and Boone. The firm is committed to diversity and to continuing efforts aimed at embracing and valuing all of our employees.”

Nicholas Even; partner, Securities Litigation and Diversity Committee member, Haynes and Boone
“Haynes and Boone recognizes that our lawyers and staff must reflect the diversity of our clients and the communities in which we live. We strongly believe that such inclusiveness enhances innovation and the delivery of quality service to a diverse marketplace.  We are proud of the efforts we have made and we thank the Human Rights Campaign for this recognition.”

ING North American Insurance Corp.

Tom McInerney; chairman and chief executive officer, ING Americas; member, executive board of ING Group
“ING is committed to attracting and retaining top talent. This commitment is the foundation to ensuring that we develop strong diversity and inclusion practices that promote equal opportunities for every individual in our organization. We are proud to receive recognition specific to our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) initiatives as it affirms our position that ING has created a welcoming environment in which individuals feel valued and respected.”

Debbie Holcombe, head of U.S. Workforce Diversity, ING North American Insurance Corp.
“Achieving a perfect score for the third year in a row is very encouraging. With the help of our Gay and Lesbian Employee Network, we are constantly challenging ourselves to integrate diversity into everything we do to realize a more inclusive culture and produce sustained organizational impact and growth. Our continued focus on improving programs and policies that address the needs of our employees and LGBT community stakeholders is critical to our success.”

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Andrew Nagel, partner and chair of the Firmwide Diversity Committee’s GLBT Subcommittee, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
“We are pleased to see an impressive surge in the number of law firms committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment for GLBT attorneys and other employees. Kirkland is proud to be a leader in our profession in this respect and to remain at the forefront, both in policy and practice, of firms dedicated to developing and advancing GLBT workplace equality.” 


Bruce Pfau, vice chair, Human Resources, KPMG LLP
“KPMG LLP is honored that the Human Rights Campaign continues to recognize our commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workplace. KPMG LLP extremely proud to have been named one of HRC’s Best Places to Work and Best Companies for the fourth consecutive year, and we appreciate the HRC’s continued support of our efforts to foster an environment that values lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.”

Nixon Peabody LLP

Karen B. Greenbaum, chief operating officer of Nixon Peabody LLP
“We, as a firm, have strived to be at the forefront of raising awareness of diversity in the workplace and have long been focused on implementing innovative human resources practices. We are committed to attracting, developing and retaining the best talent and promoting diversity is an integral part of accomplishing this important goal.”

Richard F. Langan, Jr. chief executive officer and managing partner of Nixon Peabody LLP  
“Our diverse people and points of view allow us to attract the best people and the best clients, and provide a rich and stimulating work environment. It’s an honor to be acknowledged by an organization such as the HRC for our diversity efforts and we’re pleased to receive this recognition for the third consecutive year.”

Raymond James Financial Inc.

Court James, director of Human Resources, Raymond James Financial Inc.
“Raymond James is proud to be recognized for our workplace policies of equality, diversity and non-discrimination. To be ranked among some of America’s most admired companies reinforces what we already acknowledge is just good business, both for our associates and our clients. At Raymond James, we are dedicated to an inclusive and diverse environment where differences are understood, respected and valued. Our commitment enables us to successfully embrace the diverse markets we serve and capitalize on the talents of all our associates. This culture is the driving force behind our continued ability to put each client’s financial well being first.”

Texas Instruments Inc.

Darla Whitaker, senior vice president and worldwide manager of Human Resources, Texas Instruments Inc.
“At TI we believe that our ability to fully engage employees – so they can bring all of their talents to bear in solving customers’ problems – is absolutely critical to our success. One of the things we try to do is to create an inclusive environment so all employees feel like they can bring their complete selves to work every day. One of the tools that’s proven to be quite helpful to us in understanding if our environment is as inclusive as we’d like it to be is the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.”

Beth Richard, co-chair of the TI Pride Network, Texas Instruments Inc.
“Changes to TI's written policies have aligned them to our existing business practices. These changes allowed TI to take credit for our efforts and receive the perfect CEI score.  TI has long been a leader in the Dallas community, and receiving a 100 percent CEI score tells the world that TI truly is a global leader in inclusive environments, enabling all of our employees to craft the best, most creative solutions for our customers.”

Andy Smith, co-chair of the TI Pride Network, Texas Instruments Inc.
“I’m proud to be part of a company that embraces diversity, and creates an open and inclusive work environment. Scoring 100 percent on the HRC CEI is exciting and underscores TI’s commitment to ensuring that GLBT TIers can be open about who we are, advance in our careers, and fully contribute to growth and winning in the marketplace.”

Brian Bonner, chief technology officer and an executive sponsor for the TI Pride Network, Texas Instruments Inc.
“TI values the contributions of our GLBT employees. We are thrilled this year to receive a score of 100 on the CEI index. That sends a strong message to TIers, suppliers and customers that TI is a work-friendly environment for GLBT employees, as well as a company that values diversity through all of our actions.”

Mike Hames, senior vice president and manager of Application Specific Products and an executive sponsor of the TI Pride Network, Texas Instruments Inc.
“TI has long been recognized for its leadership in technology. It’s exciting to be recognized for our leadership in diversity with the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The important thing is to really get the empowerment of all or our employees. I think this initiative will go a long way toward achieving our business results.”