Corporate Equality Index: 2010 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent
Ameriprise Financial Inc.
Jason Buss, Vice President of Talent Acquisition and Diversity
"Ameriprise Financial is proud to be recognized with a perfect score on the HRC's Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year. Providing an inclusive environment isn't just the right thing to do, it also makes business sense. The unique identities and perspectives that our employees bring to the workplace enrich our corporate culture and help us meet the changing needs of our clients."
Greg Case, President and Chief Executive Officer
"This award is a tremendous tribute to our 37,000 global Aon colleagues who work hard every day to provide a diverse and productive work environment. Winning this recognition for the third year in a row clearly demonstrates in the marketplace that Aon is the destination of choice for the best talent, not only in the insurance and human capital consulting industries, but within the global business community. We are very honored to receive this acknowledgement, and we will continue to focus our efforts on hiring the best, building the best, and being the best."
Bank of America Corp.
Geri Thomas, Global Diversity and Inclusion Executive
"Bank of America is pleased for the fourth year in a row to achieve 100% on the Corporate Equality Index. We take pride in the diversity of our products, services, marketing activities and workforce and the competitive advantage that diversity provides. It's about giving all of us -- individually and together -- the best possible chance to succeed."
Barnes & Noble Inc.
Michelle Smith, Vice President of Human Resources
"At Barnes & Noble we are as passionate about our booksellers as we are about bookselling. It is an honor to be recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our dedication to recruiting the best and most diverse talent and providing them with expanded and competitive benefits. Our booksellers make the Barnes & Noble experience special for our customers, and we make enormous efforts to create a rewarding career experience for each of them. We also believe a great bookstore is a reflection of its community as well as its booksellers, and annually host more than 100,000 local events, which support and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve."
Tom Folliard, President and Chief Executive Officer
"We are once again proud to be recognized on the Corporate Equality Index for our commitment to equality. We hire associates with diverse and unique backgrounds and understand the competitive advantage they bring to our organization."
Gil Casellas, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility
"We appreciate the recognition from the HRC with our sixth straight perfect score. We thank the HRC for being a tireless champion of diversity. Diversity and inclusion are critical components in Dell's long-term success and the LGBT community is a valuable group to our employees, customers and partners."
Electronic Arts Inc.
Gabrielle Toledano, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
"I speak on behalf of everyone at EA when I say we are all absolutely honored to earn the top rating of 100% in the Corporate Equality Index 2010. This national recognition reflects our genuine commitment to fairness, inclusion and equality, within a framework of meritocracy. EA shares the ideals and applauds the work of the Human Rights Campaign and we will continue to promote and support initiatives for our gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees. EA holds diversity as a core value. We will continue to work at EA to further enrich our employee population with people with diverse backgrounds and unique perspectives. The diversity of our workforce is what enables us to deliver innovative and industry leading interactive entertainment."
Gary Tolman, Chief Executive Officer
"Esurance is honored to achieve a 100-percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign for our third year. Our company has emphasized treating all of our associates and customers fairly and equally since our inception almost 10 years ago, and we're very proud of the Human Rights Campaign's continued recognition of this."
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
Michael Rivera and Douglas Flaum, Co-chairs of the Diversity Committee
"Our perfect score directly reflects Fried Frank's ongoing commitment to maintaining an inclusive environment where we respect and build upon the assets and talents of everyone at the Firm. We proudly support our LGBT employee affinity groups, and continually work to ensure Firm policies and benefits reflect leading best practices in maintaining a fair and friendly workplace for LGBT employees. At Fried Frank, diversity and inclusion are standard operating principles."
Harrah's Entertainment Inc.
Fred Keeton, Chief Diversity Officer and Vice President of External Affairs
"Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. is proud to have received a perfect rating for the third consecutive year for the Corporate Equality Index and Best Places to Work from the Human Rights Campaign. This "three-peat" is a reflection of the dedication by Harrah's to create and facilitate programs and policies that offer our employees and our guests equal opportunities, including providing our LGBT employees domestic partner benefits company-wide since 2006, even in specific markets or jurisdictions where it is not required by law.
"At Harrah's, we continually grow and improve through diversity and inclusion—not only to groups based on sexual orientation, race, gender, age and disability—but also expanding the notion of traditional diversity into cognitive diversity. Leveraging cognitive abilities and predispositions based on individual backgrounds, experiences and genetic wiring is critical in generating desired business outcomes. With 80,000 global employees, we work to identify, mine and channel their talents and important contributions to the company. We are honored that the HRC continues to recognize our work with the LGBT community and look forward to a long-lasting partnership with this important organization."
Health Care Service Corp.
Patricia Hemingway Hall, President and Chief Executive Officer
"This is the first year we have received a perfect score in HRC's Corporate Equality Index and our commitment to diversity has never been stronger. Our industry is going through a year of change and we are better equipped to lead with diverse executives at our helm and employees on our team."
Holland & Knight LLP
Paul Thomas, Chief Diversity Officer
"Holland & Knight is honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for the third year in a row with its highest possible rating. Diversity and inclusion are core values at Holland & Knight. Since the mid-1990s when we became the first law firm and major company in Florida to grant domestic partner benefits, it's been our goal to be a diversity leader and ensure our workplace is one of the best for all of our employees including members of the LGBT community."
Interpublic Group of Companies Inc.
Michael Roth, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
"For several years, we have worked to build IPG into a modern, progressive marketing services company, focused on new ways to reach consumers and work with our clients. A crucial part of our plan has been to attract and retain the best talent. To get there, we set out to create an environment where IPG and our agencies would be considered the most inclusive, best places to work. This recognition from HRC is very satisfying as we continue on our path towards increased diversity and strength throughout our organization, even in this difficult economic climate."
JetBlue Airways Corp.
Dave Clark, Chief People Officer
"JetBlue is honored to be on top of the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index and to be recognized as one of its Best Places to Work. JetBlue has always done things a little different than the other guys, from the embracing culture our crewmembers have created, to the warm welcome we extend to all customers, to the wide range of organizations we support. We are proud of HRC's recognition and committed to ensuring that JetBlue continues to be one of America's best companies to work at."
Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
Vincent A.F. Sergi, National Managing Partner
"Katten has long been dedicated to creating a work environment that is inclusive and supportive, and that fosters a sense of both personal and professional satisfaction for all of our employees. We are pleased that the HRC Foundation's survey results show that our employees recognize the firm's commitment to providing equal protections, benefits and resources to our LGBT employees."
Littler Mendelson PC
Marko Mrkonich, President and Managing Director
"Diversity has long been an important cultural value at Littler and we are honored to once again receive a 100% rating by the HRC Foundation. At Littler, we understand the importance of a diverse workforce to the Firm and our clients. Through our focus on diversity and inclusion programs, we continue to provide opportunities that foster growth and leadership for all of our employees."
McDermott Will & Emery LLP
Lisa A. Linsky, Partner-in-charge of Firm-Wide Diversity
"We are proud of our recognition from the Human Rights Campaign because it reflects McDermott's commitment as a leading advocate of equality for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender expression and identity."
Jeffrey Siminoff, Managing Director, Legal and Compliance, and chair of the Pride Employee Network
"Morgan Stanley is proud of its ongoing recognition by the HRC as a leading employer of choice for LGBT employees. Our global top-down commitment to diversity, including LGBT diversity, ensures that each member of the Morgan Stanley family is able to bring his or her full self to the table as a valuable contributor. We appreciate the endorsement of our strong and unwavering commitment to our diverse employees, both in terms of another 100% CEI score and formal recognition by the HRC as a "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality."
Marilyn F. Booker, Managing Director, Global Head of Diversity & Work-life
"We are proud that the Human Rights Campaign has continued to recognize Morgan Stanley's commitment to diversity both in the workplace and in the community. Because our people are the Firm's most valuable resource, we are dedicated to providing a work environment that celebrates all of our employees, and this is one of the things that distinguishes us as an employer of choice."
Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP
Seth Zachary, Chairman
"We are honored to receive this distinction. Receiving a top rating of 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index underscores the firm's efforts toward inclusive workplace policies that provide equal opportunity to all and reflect the diverse communities in which we operate. Diversity is a fundamental part of Paul Hastings' history and we know that it is our diverse talent that gives us a competitive edge and the ability to deliver the best possible service to our clients worldwide."
Quarles & Brady LLP
John W. Daniels, Jr., Chairman [quarles.com]
"As Quarles & Brady has incorporated diversity into the core of our business strategy, we have used the HRC Corporate Equality Index as one of our key benchmarks. We have fined tuned our internal personnel policies to make sure that we are inclusive of all facets of the LGBT community; at the same time we have reached out to and supported the LGBT communities within our cities through memberships and sponsorships. We are very pleased to receive a 100% score on the Index as one indication of the success of our efforts."
Bob Page, Founder and Chief Executive Officer
"It means so much to me to see more companies responding to the concerns of the GLBT community and protecting the rights of all workers so they don't have to endure the discrimination that so many of us experienced early on. I think these numbers clearly indicate a growing recognition that GLBT people are highly valued by their employers. These businesses understand that GLBT people face a huge amount of legal and financial uncertainty because Washington and most state governments refuse to find a workable solution; as a result, these companies stand up and fill in the gaps."
Stoel Rives LLP
Bob Van Brocklin, Firm Managing Partner
"We have a strong tradition of pursuing and promoting diversity. Fairness and equality in the workplace are ideals to which our firm is deeply committed. We believe a supportive and inclusive work environment is critical to our success, to promoting excellence in serving our clients, and in the professional development of our lawyers and staff. We are very proud to have earned a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, and we applaud Human Rights Campaign for its work to promote tolerance and diversity in the workplace."
Sun Life Financial Inc. (U.S.)
Wes Thompson, President
"We are proud to once again receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. Sun Life works hard to maintain a culture that fosters diversity and inclusion, and our results from the Human Rights Campaign's survey represent our commitment to ensuring fairness equality in all aspects of our business."
Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP
Mark D. Wasserman, Managing Partner
"We believe that diverse skills, knowledge and viewpoints make us a stronger, more well-rounded law firm, and increasing our diversity and creating an inclusive workplace is a crucial component of our firm's strategic plan. It is an honor to be recognized for our many efforts in the Human Rights Campaign's 'Best Places to Work Corporate Equality Index' annual report."
TD Bank N.A.
Carol Mitchell, Executive Vice President
"We are proud to have been named among America's 'Best Places to Work' for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Employees. At TD Bank, we strongly believe in reflecting and supporting the diverse communities in which we work and live. We strive to provide an inclusive workplace where our Employees are supported in all their diversity, are treated fairly and have the opportunity to live up to their full potential."
The TJX Companies Inc.
Carol Meyrowitz, President and Chief Executive Officer
"The TJX Companies has always believed in treating every Associate with respect and fairness. We are pleased to be recognized for our inclusive workplace policies and practices in the Corporate Equality Index."
CiCi Holloway, UBS-IB Head of Diversity and Inclusion for the Americas
"We are extremely proud to, again, receive a perfect score on the CEI. This score highlights our achievements to maintain an inclusive workplace which helps to attract and retain our leadership and overall business success."
Raul Esquivel, Head of Americas Equities and Executive Sponsor
"We are in the business of delivering the best possible financial solutions to a highly diverse client base. We can only succeed if we have a highly motivated and similarly diverse pool of talent. Securing a 100% CEI rating from HRC indicates we are succeeding in that effort."
Andrew Wallace, Chair of UBS Pride-Americas
"The 100% result reflects the integration of LGBT diversity into every aspect of how UBS is run; from community relations, to employee benefits. Going forward, UBS Pride will continue to support that integration and awareness raising, sustaining our distinction as an LGBT employer, and business, of choice."
Wells Fargo & Co.
Pat Crawford, head of Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion
"Wells Fargo is thrilled to receive a perfect rating on the Corporate Equality Index for the sixth year in a row. This outstanding recognition is a testament to our longstanding commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive 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 across the country. We're proud of our score and will continue to invest in all aspects of diversity for our team members and our customers."
Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP
Bill Lee, Co-Managing Partner
"We are very pleased with the firm's continued outstanding performance on the Corporate Equality Index. Maintaining our perfect score reflects the firm's continued efforts to provide policies and programs that support our LGBT community. The values of fairness, inclusion and equality are fundamental to us, and we are proud to be counted among the law firms and companies who are also committed to these values."
Wynn Resorts Ltd.
Andrew Pascal, president of Wynn Las Vegas and Encore
"Equality is a cornerstone of our culture at Wynn Resorts. We are strengthened by a diverse group of employees whose unique differences are valued and celebrated at every level of the company. We take great pride in this honor, a testament to the fact that fair and equal treatment has empowered our employees."