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Corporate Equality Index: 2012 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent

Abercrombie & Fitch Co. 

Todd Corley, SVP Diversity & Inclusion

"Abercrombie & Fitch is especially proud this year in receiving another perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, because this year marked a change in the scoring criteria used to achieve this honor. The new more inclusive policies, challenged us to make sure that we were not just "talking the talk" but "walking the walk". Through A&F's corporate values and sound diversity strategy, we remain committed to a focused and funded initiative that supports all of our associates including the GLBT community."

Accenture Ltd.

Jorge Benitez, Chief Executive, United States and Managing Director, North America

"At Accenture, we take the broadest possible view of inclusion and diversity and know everyone brings distinct experiences, talents and perspectives to their work.

Our core values shape Accenture’s culture, define our character and guide the way we behave and make decisions.  One of our core values, Respect for the Individual, embeds diversity into our culture and encourages an open and inclusive environment.  Ensuring an inclusive workplace for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees across the globe is an integral part of Accenture’s global inclusion and diversity strategy.  We are committed to raising awareness and educating all Accenture people about our LGBT community, while supporting LGBT employees.

Accenture is proud of achieving a score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the fifth consecutive year.  And we are proud to join the many other companies around the world working to cultivate a diverse workforce."

Ameriprise Financial Inc.

Rafael Gutierrez, Vice President of Diversity

“Providing an inclusive environment isn’t just the right thing to do, it also makes business sense. Our business is built on relationships and on meeting the unique needs of our clients. Diversity enriches our corporate culture and helps us deliver the innovative ideas and financial solutions that make a difference in people’s lives.”

Chevron Corp.

Joe Laymon, Vice President of Human Resources, Medical & Security

"Chevron Corporation is proud to receive the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index rating with a perfect score - a rating which we have retained since 2005.  We are also pleased to be names by HRC as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality."  Diversity and inclusion are integral attributes of Chevron's core values.  We are extremely proud to accept this distinction in recognition of Chevron's diversity and inclusion efforts, and the outstanding contributions our GLBT employees and the Chevron PRIDE Employee Network have made to the company."

Barnes & Noble Inc.

Michelle Smith, Vice President of Human Resources

"It is our booksellers who 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 we strive to support and reflect the diversity of the communities we serve."

Fenwick & West LLP

Michael Shuster, Co-Chair of Fenwick’s Diversity Committee and Partner in the Intellectual Property Group

"As innovators in the legal profession, Fenwick continues to dedicate a great deal of effort towards evolving its policies, practices and programs to meet the needs of its employees.  We take a great deal of pride in providing a safe and supportive environment for our LGBT attorneys and staff, and it is an honor to be recognized as a leader in our field by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation."

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Patricia David, Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity

“As a leading global financial services firm, JPMorgan Chase is honored to have received a 100 percent score on the 2012 HRC Corporate Equality Index, and proud to be the only financial institution to have earned this distinction for 10 consecutive years.  At JPMorgan Chase diversity is a foundation of our corporate culture, allowing us to identity and develop top talent, and is critical to the work we do on behalf of clients and customers every day.  Over the many years of our participation in the CEI, we have made significant progress in creating a culture and workplace that truly values our many LGBT employees, while also impacting the broader LGBT communities in the cities and neighborhoods we serve.

While we are extremely proud of all we accomplished over the past 10 years, we remain deeply committed to continuing to build a firm that respects and values all of our employees, clients and customers.  Being a diverse and LGBT-inclusive firm ultimately helps drive and sustain our business, and we look forward to the next ten years.”

Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Elizabeth Deeley, Partner , Co-Chair of Firmwide Diversity Committee’s LGBT Subcommittee

"We are honored that HRC has recognized our efforts and placed us on the Best Places to Work list. We value and encourage diversity, and believe that an inclusive, supportive work environment has made us better able to serve our clients."

Levi Strauss & Co.

"We’re proud to be named one of the best places to work for the LGBT community for the 10th year. For more than 155 years, Levi Strauss & Co. has been a pioneer in the fight for equality. Our company is a dedicated advocate of equal rights for all, regardless of gender, race or sexual preference. We were the first Fortune 500 company to provide domestic partnership benefits for our employees – a practice that has since become widely accepted in the business community. We know that change doesn’t happen quickly, but we’re committed to the fight for equality."

Marsh & McLennan Companies Inc.

Kathryn Komsa, Chief Diversity Officer

"Fostering an inclusive culture that is reflective and respective of the diversity of our 50,000 plus colleagues is a key priority for Marsh & McLennan Companies. As standards for employers of choice continue to rise, we are proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for our ongoing efforts.”

Medtronic Inc.

Caroline Stockdale, Senior Vice President, Human Resources

"As a world leader in medical technology, Medtronic is committed to global diversity and inclusion in our workplace.  We value each individual’s uniqueness and are proud that our employees can be themselves at work, which drives innovation in our industry.  We are thrilled to have received 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year and will continue to be a leader in striving for equality and inclusion."

Microsoft Corp.

Frank Holland, Corporate Vice President, Advertising and Online Business; and Gwen Houston, General Manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion

“Microsoft is honored to be recognized for the 7th consecutive year based on our efforts to drive best-in-class practices of LGBT inclusion in our workplace. Our employees are our greatest asset and our continued success is dependent upon creating a collaborative and inclusive work environment where the diverse skills, experiences and backgrounds our employees bring to the company and community are acknowledged, honored, and leveraged to their full potential. The work that HRC is doing to achieve equality for LGBT Americans is so important and we are proud to be recognized for our efforts to create an equitable workplace and help support HRC’s vision.”

Morgan Stanley

Jeffrey M. Siminoff, Managing Director and Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

"Morgan Stanley is proud of its ongoing recognition by the HRC as a leading employer of choice for LGBT employees. At Morgan Stanley we know that we serve our clients better, recruit top talent more effectively, and strengthen our global workforce because we prioritize inclusive leadership and value diverse perspectives. By empowering our people and prospective employees to bring their full selves to the table, we leverage differences to drive best-in-class business results and enhance the development of our talented professionals."

Navigant Consulting Inc.

Julie M. Howard, President and Chief Operating Officer

"At Navigant, we have a long standing commitment of embracing and celebrating diversity – among employees, recruits and clients, alike.  We are honored that our dedication to diversity has been  recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with a perfect 100 rating on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI).  In order to continue to ensure an inclusive work environment and exceptional client service, diversity will always be a top priority at Navigant."

Office Depot Inc.

Michael Allison, Executive Vice President, Human Resources

"It is an honor to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. We are especially proud of the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. We believe that it is our responsibility to provide equal opportunities and benefits to all of our associates. An inclusive, non-discriminatory environment is imperative to running a successful business that attracts, develops and retains the best talent. Office Depot is committed to doing the right thing by living our commitment to diversity in our workforce, products, suppliers and services. We will continue to focus on maintaining an inclusive work environment for all."

Orbitz Worldwide Inc.

Barney Harford, CEO

"Orbitz has for over a decade recognized the importance of being LGBT-inclusive.  This year, we were thrilled to receive the Corporate Equality award from HRC in recognition of our groundbreaking LGBT-inclusive advertising, out perfect CEI score, and our long-term support for numerous LGBT charities nationwide.  Our efforts are grounded in the firm belief in treating every employee and customer with respect and value because it is simply the right thing to do."

Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Lorraine McGowen, Partner and Chair of Firm-wide Diversity & Inclusion Initiative

"Orrick is honored to achieve a perfect score for the sixth consecutive year on the Corporate Equality Index and to be included with other organizations committed to advancing diversity and inclusion and LGBT equality.  The firm has a long-standing commitment to promoting the rights and interests of the LGBT community through its pro bono program, diversity and inclusion initiative, community responsibility initiative and to championing policies, benefits and programs that foster the professional development and retention of our diverse lawyers and staff."

Raytheon Co.

Hayward Bell, Chief Diversity Officer

"Raytheon’s success depends in part on our ability to recognize, respect and leverage the individual and cultural differences of our workforce. We have a longstanding value of fostering an environment of inclusiveness in our company to retain and attract the best talent available, regardless of employees' personal attributes like race, religious beliefs, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation. We are pleased that Raytheon’s continued commitment to cultivating a diverse and inclusive workplace is recognized by the Human Rights Campaign in our seventh consecutive 100 percent CEI rating."

Replacements Ltd.

Bob Page, Chairman and CEO

"That so many of our nation’s leading businesses champion equal treatment of LGBT people and their families tells the story.  As a country, we are moving towards more and more inclusion.  Businesses get that, and employers like Replacements are proud to speak out for policies in the best interests of all our people.  Efforts like the anti-gay, anti-family amendment here in North Carolina go against everything that is happening in workplaces and communities in North Carolina and across the country.  Our CEI score reflects our deep commitment to equality.  Replacements strongly opposes all forms of discrimination, and we hope that all North Carolinians will join us in working to secure the rights of our fellow citizens."

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

John Murphy, Chair

“We work hard to foster an inclusive environment that provides equal opportunities for our LGBT staff and attorneys to achieve their highest potential, and we support events and activities in the larger community to demonstrate by example how critical it is for all of us to embrace workplace diversity. We recognize that diversity is not an option—it’s the way we do business. We know that we best serve our clients by bringing a wealth of perspectives and experiences to the resolution of their legal issues.  Shook, Hardy & Bacon is proud of this HRC honor.”


Dermot O’Brien, Executive Vice President of Human Resources

“TIAA-CREF’s mission is to serve those who serve others. To serve our increasingly diverse client base, we seek to attract, develop and retain an equally diverse mix of employees, while ensuring that every employee has the opportunity to contribute to our company’s success. For this reason, TIAA-CREF is proud to be named to HRC’s “Best Places to Work” for LGBT employees. We have a long-standing commitment to equality and furthering the development of the LGBT community through our policies, affinity groups and training initiatives.”

The TJX Companies Inc.

Carol Meyrowitz, Chief Executive Officer

"At TJX, we are committed to maintaining a workplace for Associates where we continually strive to live our core values of integrity, respect and fairness.  TJX is proud to achieve, for the fourth year in a row, a score of 100 in the Corporate Equality Index."

Winston & Strawn LLP

Amanda Groves, Partner at and Chair, Diversity Committee

"Winston & Strawn is proud to be honored by HRC as one of America’s Best Places to Work for the fourth consecutive year.  Diversity and inclusiveness are core values at Winston & Strawn.  We believe everyone benefits from a culture that recognizes and respects an inclusive workforce.  The firm has made it its business to create and support LGBT initiatives that are relevant and meaningful.  In the process, we have learned some real world lessons about tolerance, equality, and openness – from leading diversity innovators, from our clients, and from many others in the business community.  That HRC has recognized our efforts is humbling.  It also gives us encouragement to keep at this hard work.  We feel very fortunate to stand with a group that is working to create a much more diverse business world."

UnitedHealth Group Inc.

Lori Sweere, Executive Vice President Human Capital

"UnitedHealth Group is honored to receive a perfect score on HRC's Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year.   As an organization that serves 75 million individuals, we value our rich diversity and recognize its critical role helping us live our mission to help people live healthier lives. Diversity is not only good for business, but also makes for a great place to work for our employees. The HRC recognition gives added momentum to our efforts, for which we are grateful."

United Continental Holdings Inc.

Mike Bonds, Executive Vice President, Human Resources and Labor Relations, and Chair, Executive Diversity Council

“This is a tremendous honor and a testament to the culture of dignity, respect and inclusion we foster at United Airlines.  As a global company, we value the diversity of our co-workers and are very proud to be recognized for our commitment to making United a great place to work.”