Corporate Equality Index: 2014 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent
Johan Aurik, Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board
"Tom Kearney, who founded our firm nearly 90 years ago, famously said 'The true strength of this firm, as in any organization, lies in the fact that we are all different....' These words continue to inspire our actions and infuse our culture. We are committed to providing everyone at A.T. Kearney with opportunities for unsurpassed personal growth in a collaborative and diverse culture. It’s essential for all of our people to feel comfortable being their true selves while working in any environment in any part of the world. This diversity of insight and experience enriches both our own culture and, in turn, how we serve clients. We will always strive to do better, but scoring 100 on the Corporate Equality Index is welcome recognition of our commitment."
Mark Pearson, Chairman and CEO
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Eduardo Leite, Chairman of the Executive Committee
"We are honored to once again join many of our clients rated among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. We take pride in our perfect score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. Diversity and inclusion fosters collaboration, and helps us bring the best of Baker & McKenzie to our clients. That's why we continue to cultivate a more inclusive and friendly workplace for our people worldwide."
The Bank of New York Mellon Corp.
Jyoti Chopra, Global Head of Diversity
"The Human Rights Campaign and its annual Corporate Equality Index continue to serve as the benchmark for setting, measuring and advancing high standards in workplace diversity and inclusion,” said Jyoti Chopra, Global Head of Diversity, BNY Mellon. To attract the best talent, BNY Mellon fosters a diverse and inclusive environment across all of our businesses globally. This commitment is not only important to BNY Mellon’s culture and to each of us as individual employees, it's also critical to our ability to serve our clients, deliver innovative products and solutions, and grow our businesses."
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
Richard J. Daly, Chief Executive Officer, Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc.
“We are honored to be among the top companies recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the second consecutive year, for our commitment to LBGT equality and fairness in the workplace. Diversity and inclusion are an integral part of the Broadridge value system and we remain committed to workplace equality. We believe an inclusive global workforce that values all types of backgrounds, with different experiences and varied viewpoints, is critical to help cultivate associate engagement and more effectively respond to the broad and diverse needs of our clients worldwide.”
Paul J. Krump, President, Commercial and Specialty Lines, Executive Sponsor of GLEN
"As a global company with an increasingly diverse employee population and customer base, Chubb is both gratified and proud to have achieved a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index. We have long believed that building our reputation as an inclusive employer is inextricably linked to building our reputation as an outstanding insurer. Treating all of our employees with fairness, dignity and respect not only generates good will, but good business.
We have enjoyed HRC CEI scores of 100 points since 2004 and for years have extended our non-discrimination policy worldwide to expressly protect our LGBT community. Moreover, we have made health and welfare benefits in the United States available to domestic partners of our employees on the same basis as those we provide to our employees’ federally recognized spouses and dependents. We applaud and support the efforts of the HRC and other advocacy groups to support broader adoption of these practices.
Overall, our strategies and policies continue to be guided by the belief that Chubb’s success rests largely on our ability to create an inclusive work environment that motivates all employees to reach their full potential to contribute to our company's results. We could not be more pleased that this has once again led us to be recognized by the HRC and by the LGBT community as a leading employer."
Darden Restaurants Inc.
Samir Gupte, Senior Vice President of Culture, Darden Restaurants
"At Darden, we embrace diversity and inclusion as business imperatives that are critical to our success and future growth. We believe that understanding and embracing our unique differences enriches our corporate culture and enables us to be a stronger, high-performing organization."
Eastern Bank Corp.
Nancy Stager, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Charitable Giving, Eastern Bank
"Eastern Bank is honored to be nationally recognized as a best place to work for LGBT equality. We embrace diversity in our workplace because it makes us a better employer and a better provider of service to our customers. Our diverse workforce helps us truly understand the challenges facing our communities and better positions us to be able to target resources to build and maintain the fabric of our communities."
Amy E. Best, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
"We work to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, not only because it is the right thing to do, but because we know that employees with different perspectives and experiences drive powerful business outcomes. We cannot accomplish this goal unless our policies and practices welcome and respect people with diverse backgrounds, including LGBT employees. We are pleased to have our efforts recognized by the Human Rights Campaign."
Huntington Bancshares Inc.
Steve Steinour, Chairman, President and CEO
"I couldn’t be more proud of our colleagues for uniting together to improve Huntington’s HRC Corporate Equality Index score. Recognition among the Best Places to Work by the Human Rights Campaign is a great honor and validation of our ongoing efforts to be a leading employer of choice. Huntington is committed moving forward to continue an excellent reputation for LGBT equality as an employer and business dedicated to inclusion as a core value."
Interpublic Group of Companies Inc. (IPG)
Michael Roth, IPG’s Chairman & CEO
"It is an honor to once again be recognized as a 'Best Place to Work' for LGBT employees. IPG is fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, and outside recognition from advocacy leaders like the Human Rights Campaign prove that our formal policies are supportive of that goal. Additionally, our business resource groups, and in this case especially the IPGLBT, are a major part of how we promote diversity in the workplace. While we know we have a long way to go, it is great to know that IPG is doing its part to make our workplace more inclusive."
Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Edward Sadtler, Partner and Co-chair of the Firmwide Diversity Committee’s LGBT
“We are honored that HRC has recognized Kirkland’s commitment to the LGBT community. The CEI is an important tool to demonstrate to our employees and to our clients that the Firm meets new standards for workplace fairness and reflects the diversity of the business world in which we practice.”
Kathy Hannan, National Managing Partner, Diversity and Corporate Responsibility
"KPMG is proud to be recognized with a perfect score for the 10th consecutive year on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, for our commitment to supporting equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) professionals. This recognition further demonstrates our commitment to creating a welcoming and inclusive culture, especially through the efforts of the LGBT diversity network pride@kpmg. Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, the network has grown to more than 850 members and straight allies, in 13 chapters across the country. Working together, pride@kpmg members continue to raise awareness and support our LGBT colleagues as they build their KPMG careers.
On behalf of KPMG, we would also like to thank the HRC for their hard work and commitment to achieving equality for LGBT Americans."
Lexmark International Inc.
Jeri Isbell, Vice President, Human Resources
"Lexmark values diversity and fosters an inclusive environment, which allows each of us to bring our full and authentic self to work every day. We believe that celebrating the differences between people – whether it’s age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, education, or diversity of thought – is a business imperative. The Gay-Straight Alliance of Lexmark Employees is one of our many diversity network groups that are active within our company and in our communities. We are proud of our 100 percent rating on the Corporate Equality Index, which reaffirms our commitment to LGBT issues."
Sandra Altine, Senior Vice President of Global Diversity and Inclusion
"Having a truly inclusive culture is a core value for Moody’s as we want our employees to bring their full, authentic selves to work to enable them to share their views and opinions."
Navigant Consulting Inc.
Gene Raffone, Human Capital Officer
"Navigant is proud that its commitment to diversity and inclusion has been recognized by the Human Rights Campaign in the United States with a perfect 100 rating on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the fifth year in a row. We are continually working to enhance our programs to make our organization one where all employees are supported in their personal growth and development, and hence support the growth of our firm. By celebrating our differences, we provide our clients with enhanced service and make a positive impact on our community."
Barney Harford, CEO of Orbitz Worldwide
"Orbitz is proud to receive a perfect Corporate Equality Index score for the seventh consecutive year. Equality is core to our company’s values and is reflected in how we do business around the world and how we treat our employees and millions of customers. Orbitz was the only online travel agency to sign the amicus brief urging the Supreme Court to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act and was an early supporter of the Illinois Unites for Marriage coalition.”
Patty Enright, EVP, Chief Talent Officer
"As a company that values diversity Publicis Worldwide in the USA is proud to have achieved 100% on the Human Rights Campaign's 2014 Corporate Equality Index. This score is a fantastic testament to our people and the culture of inclusion we have collectively created over the years. Every day we see examples of how our LGBT and ally employees add to the richness of our agency culture. We salute them and all the other companies who have scored so well on the 2014 CEI."
Hayward Bell, Chief Diversity Officer
“We consider our diversity of talent and thought as a global competitive advantage. This ninth consecutive 100 percent rating of Raytheon by the HRC reflects our core values to treat all people with respect and dignity, and to welcome diversity and diverse opinions from our employees worldwide.”
Bob Page, CEO and Founder
“We’ve made major strides forward this past year in the fight for LGBT equality, and we certainly can’t slow down now. I’m so pleased to see President Obama speaking out in support of passing ENDA. With the bill already approved by the Senate, I urge House lawmakers to bring this long overdue protection to a vote. American businesses have come so far in recognizing that employees should be judged on their qualifications and work performance alone, not on their sexual orientation, gender identity or other factors that don’t have anything to do with work. It’s time our country’s leaders get on the same page and expand employment rights and protections.”
Ropes & Gray LLP
Brad Malt, Chairman
"Receiving honors such as a 100% CEI rating are very gratifying. However, the most important rewards we gain from nurturing a diverse and inclusive firm culture are a vibrant workplace reflective of the world around us, an enhanced ability to attract and retain talented people from a wide range of backgrounds, and the broad-based perspective we need to serve an increasingly diverse global client base."
Starcom MediaVest Group
Laura Desmond, Global CEO
"Our employees are our most valuable asset, enabling us to better serve the diverse needs of our clients and consumers. The success of our business depends on the ability to recruit and retain the best employees in a global market for talent — regardless of their gender, race or sexual orientation. There's no question that diverse teams are the best."
Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association – College Retirement Equities Fund
Roger Ferguson, President and CEO
“At TIAA-CREF, diversity and inclusion is not just something we do. It’s part of who we are and who we’ve always been – for almost a century,” said Roger Ferguson, President and CEO. “Diversity extends far beyond race and gender. It’s about harnessing and embracing a multitude of perspectives, experiences and beliefs. We know that this makes us a stronger company and leads to better solutions for our clients.”
Annemieke van der Werff, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
"Union Bank is extremely proud to have received a perfect score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index. We have worked diligently to create a welcoming culture that enables us to attract, develop and retain diverse talent, respond to broad customer segments, and partner effectively with our communities, including the LGBT community. This recognition is a testament to the commitment of our leaders and employees to fostering inclusive business practices and one more example of our dedication to responsible banking and 'doing right.'"
UnitedHealth Group Inc.
Ellen Wilson, Executive Vice President, Human Capital
"UnitedHealth Group is honored to receive a score of 100 on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the fifth consecutive year. We’re proud that this designation demonstrates our commitment to the diversity of our 75 million customers and our more than 100,000 employees. By leveraging the depth of our diverse workforce, we can better meet the needs of the increasing multicultural clients, communities and individuals we serve. We recognize the critical role that diversity plays in meeting these needs and in helping us live our mission of helping people live healthier lives. The HRC recognition validates and gives added momentum to our efforts, for which we’re grateful."
Tom Maddison, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
“At Xerox, our people represent a talented and diverse workforce. We value and benefit from an inclusive workplace where everyone can truly be themselves. Our culture of equal opportunity is part of our DNA and dates back to the early 1960s and continues today. Over the years, our company has been recognized as a global leader in advancing matters of equality and inclusion. We are proud to have achieved a 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for each year since its inception. This recognition is a testament to Xerox’s commitment to its people, our company values and LGBT equality.”
Tim Jones, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
"I am proud to announce that Zenith Optimedia has received our first perfect score of 100% on the 2014 Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI). With support from our senior leaders and our LGBT Employee Resource Group, Egalite, we have created a diverse and inclusive working environment that values and respects our employees."
Brian Vaught, Director, Diversity and Inclusion
"At ZenithOptimedia, we stand by our Credo and encourage a rich and diverse community. We want all employees to bring their true authentic self to work along with the ideas and opinions that makes us all unique contributors."