Corporate Equality Index: 2017 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent

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Accenture

Julie Sweet, Group Chief Executive – North America

“Inclusion and diversity are key to innovation and essential to business in a digital age. At Accenture, we know that our diversity makes us stronger, smarter and more innovative, which helps us better serve the needs of our clients, our people and our communities.”

Adidas North America Inc.

Mark King, President

“The thing that makes our company great is our people. I am so proud of our people and what we collectively represent. Every day, our people come together to challenge each other, challenge the status quo and create things the world has never seen before. We’ve built a culture that celebrates our individuality and recognizes the importance of diverse thinking and new ideas. It’s our people who are responsible for making this company special and creating a bright future together.”

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.

Ruth Cotter, Chief Human Resources Officer and Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications and Investor Relations

“At AMD we believe that creating an inclusive environment where every employee is empowered to bring their diverse set of perspectives to the table each day is the key to bringing out the best, most innovative ideas. We are proud of the progress we have made to be recognized on the Corporate Equality Index and to be named alongside other leading companies as we collectively pursue equality for everyone in the workplace.”

Akamai Technologies

James Gemmell, Executive Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer 

“We are honored and proud of achieving this high level recognition and especially so for our LGBTQ employee population.  We are a company who believes that every employee deserves an environment where they can work to the best of their abilities each and every day.  We are committed to fostering an inclusive culture and have worked hard over the past year to enhance the diversity of our workforce.”

Akerman 

Andrew Smulian, Chairman and CEO

"At Akerman, we have fostered a culture of collaborative innovation that embraces diversity at every level. We value our unique differences and how these differences affect the way we see the world, solve problems and deliver the results our clients expect. This recognition by the Human Rights Campaign is confirmation that Akerman is building a law firm where men and women of all backgrounds advance the needs of clients in a forward thinking and inclusive environment."

AllianceBernstein LP

Peter Kraus, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

“We are honored to have received for the second year in a row a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. We remain deeply committed to building an inclusive work environment that reflects the diversity of our employees, clients and communities and to win this award again only emboldens us to make further progress.”

Ameren Corp.

Warner Baxter, Chairman, President and CEO 

"Ameren's focus on diversity and inclusion strengthens our company, and helps our co-workers power the quality of life for millions of electric and natural gas customers across Illinois and Missouri. This recognition by the Human Rights Campaign as a top workplace for LGBT equality is rooted in our core value of respect. When co-workers feel that they are accepted for who they are and what they can bring to the table, we have a team that is positioned to deliver."

American Electric Power Co. Inc.

Nicholas K. Akins, Chairman, President and CEO

“AEP actively cultivates a diverse workforce, which allows us to leverage the unique talents and experiences of each of our employees to solve challenges, spur innovation and help our business thrive. Being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality affirms the values of diversity and inclusion that we work hard to support, and we accept this honor on behalf of our employees, our customers and our communities who have worked with AEP to bring those values to life.”

Ameriprise Financial

Rudy Rodriguez, Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion

“At Ameriprise, we empower employees to reach their full potential by embracing diversity and encouraging personal growth. Respect, appreciation and acceptance are engrained in the way we operate as an organization, allowing us to foster an inclusive work environment. We are proud to be recognized as a firm that values individual differences and the personal attributes that make us all unique.”

Astellas

Linda Friedman, Senior Vice President, General Counsel

“We are honored that the Human Rights Campaign has recognized Astellas with a perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year. Astellas is committed to being an industry leader for diversity and inclusion of all employees, and this recognition highlights that commitment.”

AT&T

Cynt Marshall, SVP HR & Chief Divsersity Officer

"Diversity and inclusion are embedded in all we do, and achieving a 100 percent score for the 13th consecutive time reflects our deep, consistent commitment to equality and fairness for our LGBT employees. We're also delighted so many other companies have earned the same score for their inclusive efforts."

Autodesk Inc.

Daniel Guillory, Head of Diversity and Inclusion

“We’re extremely proud and honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ equality. Autodesk believes that a better world is only achieved when we embrace and celebrate all people, starting with the changemakers we seek to employ at our company. We deeply value and promote diversity and inclusion through a variety of programs, policies, and initiatives, which leads to new ideas, creativity and growth.”

Baxter International Inc.

Jeanne Mason, Corporate Vice President, Human Resources

"We've made our focus on global inclusion a long-term priority since an inclusive workplace is critical to our success and to employee engagement.This recognition underscores our commitment to a culture where all employees can collaborate, contribute and innovate together."

Best Buy

Paula Baker, Chief Human Resources Officer

“Best Buy is thrilled to once again earn the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality for 2017. Our goal is to celebrate all of our employees, tap into their unique talents, experiences, beliefs and backgrounds and to create an engaging work environment, a world-class operation and a company that reflects the diversity of all communities. This important recognition further affirms Best Buy’s support for LGBT equality and commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

BJ's Wholesale Club

Chris Baldwin, President and CEO

"BJ's Wholesale Club is committed to creating a diverse workplace through its values of Team, Community, Respect and Integrity. Working to ensure a diverse and supportive culture, BJ's offers a wide range of policies, services and practices that promote inclusion for all Team Members."

Blank Rome LLP

Alan J. Hoffman, Blank Rome’s Chairman and Managing Partner

“Blank Rome LLP is honored to once again be recognized by CEI for our ongoing commitment to fostering an inclusive and diverse work environment. For more than 70 years, Blank Rome has been proud to support all of our colleagues by promoting workplace equality each and every day, and we look forward to continuing to advance our efforts through our formal Diversity Committee and affinity groups.” 

Bloomberg

Peter T. Grauer, Chairman

"Bloomberg is honored to be recognized for our commitment to building a diverse and inclusive workplace for all. We are grateful to the Human Rights Campaign for their leadership on such an important issue and congratulate the other organizations included on this year's index."

Erika Irish Brown, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion

"We are extremely proud that Bloomberg has earned a perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index. Today's recognition reflects the leadership, engagement and support driving our steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion at Bloomberg."

BNY Mellon

Jyoti Chopra, Managing Director, Head of Global Citizenship and Sustainability

“As we celebrate our tenth straight year receiving a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index, we take pride in, and celebrate, our vibrant culture that results from the inclusion of all people. At BNY Mellon, we are committed to improving lives through investing. Our work begins within BNY Mellon, but extends well beyond our workplace as we continue to advocate for and foster fairness, dignity and respect for all.”

Broadridge Financial Solutions

Julie Taylor, Chief Human Resource Officer

“We are proud to receive a perfect score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index for the fifth straight year in a row.  This honor recognizes our longstanding support of the LBGT community and focus on workplace equality and inclusion.  The differences, backgrounds, opinions and talents of our associates enrich our company, help us foster innovation and collaboration, and better deliver on the needs of our clients and stakeholders.”

Capco

Lance Levy, CEO 

“We couldn’t be more proud to have received a perfect score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index for the third year in a row. As a global management consultancy, we strive to maintain an inclusive culture, continuously working to foster a positive work environment where all our people can grow personally as well as professionally. At the core of our #beyourselfatwork Campaign lies our commitment to align our policies, benefits, training, recruiting, marketing/advertising, and community presence with the HRC’s standards for equality.”

Capital One

Meghan Welch, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer

"Capital One is proud to have earned a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index for “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” for the 14th consecutive year.  Our continued support of the LGBTQ community is evident in many ways, from our long-standing policy of offering same-sex partner benefits, our support of marriage equality, and our thriving LGBTQ Business Resource Group known as ‘Out Front’.  Since our founding, Capital One has worked to establish a culture that respects and values diversity and fosters a supportive business environment that encourages inclusion.   We believe all associates should be understood, valued and respected.  A diversity of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is key to producing an environment where inclusion drives innovation."

CareFirst

Chet Burrell, President and CEO 

“It has long been a part of our company mission to promote respect, fairness and opportunity among all of our associates. This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign serves as a prominent reminder that we have been able to put that commitment into practice, ensuring CareFirst is a diverse and inclusive workplace.” 

Carlton Fields

Nancy J. Faggianelli, Chief Diversity Officer

“Our firm strives to create and maintain a diverse workforce and an inclusive environment that provides better results and better value for our clients. We are honored by this recognition, and we commend HRC on its leadership.”

Carnival Corp.

Jerry Montgomery, Chief Human Resources Officer 

“Carnival Corporation is honored to be among those companies receiving a top score in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index,” said Jerry Montgomery, chief human resources officer for Carnival Corporation. “Whether in one of our many shore-side offices or at sea building great vacation memories with our guests aboard one of our 10 cruise line brands’ ships, we are deeply committed to creating an inclusive environment for every one of our employees. Our ability to be competitive, foster innovation and thrive globally is in part a result of our diversity and our belief that diversity of thinking plays an important role in our success and passion in providing our guests with extraordinary vacation experiences. Creating and promoting both diversity and inclusion in our workplace is not just the right thing to do, but it also provides a competitive advantage.”

Chevron Corporation

S. Shariq Yosufzai, Vice President, Global Diversity

“Chevron is honored to receive the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index rating with a perfect score for the 12th year in a row. As the first major U.S. energy company to offer domestic partner benefits, include sexual orientation and gender identity in our Equal Employment Opportunity policies, and offer fully inclusive transgender wellness benefits, Chevron is proud to be at the forefront of LGBT equality both within and outside our industry. We believe that this commitment to workplace equality is the right thing to do. We operate in one of the most competitive industries in the world, and having a diverse, talented workforce is key to the ongoing success of our business.” 

Comcast NBCUniversal

David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

“It is important to us that every employee at our company – including LGBT employees and their allies – feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work every day. That’s why we are so proud to be recognized as an employer of choice for the LGBT community, which exemplifies Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to fostering an open and inclusive culture.”

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Daniel Espino, Senior Vice President of People

“At The Cosmopolitan, we believe in creating a rich and vibrant culture, recognizing that our diversity is a source of our strength. As a community of unique employees with unique personalities, we bring great diversity of thought to satisfy the changing needs of our communities, our business partners, our guests, and our employees. As a modern and progressive resort, we are truly honored to have received recognition from the Human Rights Campaign as a 100-point scorer on the Corporate Equality Index for four consecutive years. Moving forward, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas will continue its commitment to fostering innovative thinking and inclusivity to provide exceptional experiences to individuals of all backgrounds.”

Credit Suisse Holdings (USA), Inc.

Eric Varvel, President and CEO

“We are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our unwavering dedication and commitment to creating an inclusive workplace for everyone. We are even more humbled that this is the twelfth consecutive year we have received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index. Credit Suisse is an industry leader in fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion and we recognize that not only is it the right thing to do for our people, but it is the right thing to do for business.”

CUNA Mutual Group

Cedric Ellis, Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

"CUNA Mutual Group is extremely honored and proud to receive the designation as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work. Receiving a top score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index is representative of our core value to be inclusive and respect all individuals.

As an insurance and investment company that serves credit unions and their members, we were founded on the philosophy of equality and people helping people. Whether it’s financial, racial, religious, gender or sexual orientation, we appreciate the differences that make each of us unique. Our commitment to supporting an inclusive culture – especially for the LGBT community and their allies – is steadfast and we work diligently to enhance our employees and customers’ experience every day. For us, it’s simply the right thing to do.

We thank our employees and the Prism Employee Resource Group who made this prestigious recognition possible."

Danaher Corporation

Ernest Adams, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion

“We are working hard to continuously improve our culture to ensure our associates are truly engaged, where they feel empowered to deliver results for the business, and where they are able to come to work every day as themselves. The Human Rights Campaign’s recognition of Danaher Corporation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality reflects our continued commitment to building diverse and inclusive communities around the world.” 

Day Pitney LLP

Stanley A. Twardy Jr., Managing Partner

"We are extremely proud and honored to be recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign for our commitment to diversity and inclusion, which is an important aspect of our firm’s culture. At Day Pitney, we believe that having a workforce with diverse backgrounds helps us better serve our clients. Our commitment to diversity is to create a workplace that is inclusive for everyone, it's the right thing to do and good business practice."

Deutsche Bank

Bill Woodley, CEO Deutsche Bank Americas

“Deutsche Bank is proud of its continued commitment to the LGBT community. Deutsche Bank promotes an environment where all employees, including individuals of any sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, can realize their full potential.”

DigitasLBi

Tony Weismann, CEO, DigitasLBi North America

“We couldn’t be prouder that the largest U.S. LGBTQ civil rights organization has named DigtasLBi a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ for the fifth consecutive time. Each year our united front against intolerance of any form becomes stronger as we strive for a culture of inclusivity, attracting the best talent to create the best work."

Dropbox

Arden Hoffman, our VP of People

“We are honored to receive a perfect score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for the second year in a row. At Dropbox, we are deeply committed to creating an inclusive culture and supporting policies and programs that benefit all of our employees, regardless of their background.” 
 

Eastern Bank Corp.

Nancy Huntington Stager, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Charitable Giving

“Eastern Bank is proud to be nationally recognized again as a best place to work for members of the LGBTQ community. We are deeply committed to ensuring that Eastern is a welcoming and inclusive workplace where all employees can bring their whole self to work. Diversity and Inclusion is a fundamental aspect of our corporate values in our pursuit to make the world better, fairer, and more sustainable.”

Expedia, Inc.

Dara Khosrowshahi, President and Chief Executive Officer

“Core to our values is fostering an environment of diversity, equality and inclusion where all employees, and the millions of customers we serve, feel valued and respected. So it is with great honor to be listed as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality and receive our first perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index."

Express Scripts

Susan Stith, Vice President Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Giving

“Express Scripts recognizes that the key competitive differential for success is its people. And diversity among them has been essential because of the diversity of the 85 million patients we serve. Diverse teams are more creative, more dynamic and more innovative − all factors that lead to the collaborative processes, technological advances and organizational and economic growth. We’re proud to achieve a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.”

EY

Chris Crespo, Americas Inclusiveness Leader

“We are honored to be among the top companies that earned a perfect score on this year’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). At EY, we are committed to building and fostering an inclusive culture where differences in gender, sexual orientation and identity are valued and embraced. Continuing to implement anti-discrimination policies and programs that promote equality and belonging will not only enrich our environment, but it will help us to deliver the most innovative solutions to our clients.”

Faegre Baker Daniels

Andrew Humphrey, Managing Partner

"Fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace is synonymous with success – success that benefits our clients, our talent and our firm. Our welcoming and dynamic work environment allows Faegre Baker Daniels to leverage different perspectives and develop strategies and solutions for clients. We are proud of our commitment to diversity and inclusion, which has helped us once again achieve a 100 percent score on the Corporate Equality Index."

FactSet Research Systems Inc.

Edward Baker-Greene, Chief Human Resources Officer

"We are humbled and honored to have received a score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index. But honestly, we would have been disappointed to have received any less. Treating all people with dignity and respect should be table stakes for every company and every individual."

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Jeff Fuhrer, Executive Vice President and Senior Policy Advisor

"We are delighted to be named a 'Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality' for the third year in a row. At the Boston Fed, we are committed to building a diverse and inclusive work environment for all of our employees. Receiving a top score in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index honors that pledge and our ongoing efforts to ensure all employees feel valued and respected."

Ford Motor Co.

Meeta Huggins, Chief Diversity Officer

"We are so honored to receive 100% score since 2004. I would like to congratulate our employees and especially the efforts of our Employee Resource Group (ERG) GLOBE -  Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual Employees. We are committed to supporting a diverse and inclusive environment and this recognition exemplifies our company and leadership commitment to those efforts." 

General Motors

Ken Barrett, Global Chief Diversity Officer

“General Motors is truly proud to be included on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index for nine out of the last 10 years,” said Ken Barrett, Global Chief Diversity Officer. “We understand that diversity is our strength, and are committed to an inclusive work environment that encourages everyone to bring their whole self to work. At GM, we value an empowered workforce that fully leverages all of the unique backgrounds, perspectives and capabilities to stay on the cutting edge of technological innovation. We are honored to stand with The Human Rights Campaign Foundation as they drive groundbreaking change for the LGBT community.”

Grant Thorton LLP

Pamela Harless, Chief People & Culture Officer 

“This recognition affirms our commitment to providing an inclusive culture for all of our professionals. We have seen firsthand the power of bringing one’s whole self to work and we are dedicated to creating a workplace where our people can thrive both personally and professionally. Doing so provides the best solutions for our firm and our clients.”

Groupon Inc.

Karishma Patel Buford, Director of Global Talent Development

"Groupon takes deep pride in being recognized as one of the top companies for workplace equality. It's our hope that by bringing together diverse talent in a collaborative environment, we are able to best serve our customers and create a marketplace that is truly representative of our local communities."

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc.

Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO

"We are proud to be one of America’s 517 businesses to earn a top score of 100% and the distinction of Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.  We have come a long way over the last 15 years in which we have been involved with the Corporate Equality Index and applaud the HRC for its vital work in ensuring equal rights for LGBTQ individuals. Harvard Pilgrim stands committed to protecting equal rights for our LGBTQ employees and members."  

Health Care Service Corporation

Manika Turnbull, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

"We are extremely proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. Health Care Service Corporation values the diversity of our employees and strives to maintain an inclusive work environment. Our perfect score reflects our dedication to upholding our core values of integrity, commitment, respect and caring. We aim to continue our efforts through the coming years to ensure our employees feel connected, respected and valued for being themselves."

Herman Miller

Brian Walker, CEO

“Herman Miller is built on the belief that every employee contributes valuable perspective, and we’re honored to stand among the growing number of companies who embrace diversity in gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation. Our inclusive culture fuels innovation, allows us to better meet the needs of our global customers, and makes us a more competitive company.”

Highmark Inc.

Lonie Haynes, Vice President of Diversity & Inclusion

“The ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ designation marks an important, positive milestone for Highmark, for our LGBTQ employees and for the communities we serve. We are exceedingly proud to be recognized in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s ‘2017 Corporate Equality Index’ for building a workplace that is open, inclusive and respectful of the right to equality. Our LGBTQ and many diverse employees provide unique contributions and help to ensure that we reflect the many diverse customers and communities that we’re honored to serve.”

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP

Kevin Burke, Chairman

"The work of the Human Rights Campaign in advancing LGBTQ equality has had a tremendously positive impact in widening needed awareness and driving the progress of equality and inclusion. Hinshaw is honored to be recognized with its perfect score on the 2017 CEI. We believe that LGBT workplace inclusion, supportive non-discrimination practices, equality in opportunities and benefits, advancement and leadership participation, and public commitment must be an ongoing priority. Hinshaw will be a better firm for all we serve with our core belief in LGBT equality and rigorous adherence to alignment with the Corporate Equality Index criteria."

Holland & Knight

Steven Sonberg, Managing Partner

“We are honored again to be among the businesses recognized for their efforts to promote a diverse and inclusive work environment. Our firm benefits greatly from a culture that supports equality for all of our people. We are thankful for the ongoing efforts of the Human Rights Campaign and endorse its tireless advocacy on behalf of the LGBT community.”

Hormel Foods

Andre L. Goodlett, Corporate Manager of Diversity and Inclusion

“We are extremely honored to receive a perfect score for the second year in a row on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index. This recognition reflects our commitment to foster a diverse and inclusive culture for all of our employees.”

Hughes Hubbard & Reed 

Candace K. Beinecke, Chair

“Hughes Hubbard had a strong commitment to diversity long before it was measured.  We believe that long-standing commitment has been essential to our creativity and success. The Human Rights Campaign award reflects our belief in living our values. We are deeply honored to receive it.”

Husch Blackwell

Maurice Watson, Chairman

“We are very proud of our recognition as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. We are committed to workplace diversity and inclusion, which are core values of our firm’s culture. Our perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index demonstrates our dedication to building and maintaining an atmosphere in which all of our people – lawyers and staff – can thrive and prosper well into the future.”

Intel

Steve Fund, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

“The Human Rights Council's Corporate Equality Index not only represents a commitment to diversity and inclusion but also to innovation and growth. Intel is proud to have received a perfect score again this year.”

JLL

Trish Maxson, Chieff Human Resource Officer

“We’re proud to achieve a perfect score on the Human Right’s Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index,” said Mary Bilbrey, JLL’s Chief HR Officer. “At JLL, our most valuable asset is our people, and we take pride in cultivating a company that is inclusive of all backgrounds and experiences.”

JPMorgam Chase & Co.

Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO, J.P. Morgan Asset Management

"We're proud that our longstanding support of the LGBT community has again been recognized, for the 15th straight year, with a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. Our success as a firm is based on the belief that a diverse and inclusive work environment is the only way to achieve the kind of business and brand success that endures.” 

KKR & Co. LP

Mike Michelson, KKR Member and Head of the Firm’s Inclusion and Diversity Council

”We are extremely proud to receive this recognition. We will continue to identify and implement other ‘best-in-class’ practices to drive greater diversity and inclusion across our Firm and better support our most important assets: the people who walk through our doors every day.” 

Kutak Rock LLP

David Jacobson, Chair

“Since our inception, Kutak Rock LLP has built an inclusive and welcoming environment. Inclusive teams allow us to examine all aspects of complex legal issues and inspire the best work for the benefit of our clients. We are honored that our proven business methods and all-encompassing environment have earned us a 100% score on the Corporate Equality Index, the best tool the legal industry has to measure success in creating a welcoming space for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.” 

Courtney Koger, Partner and Chair of National Inclusiveness and Diversity Committee

“A 100 on the CEI underscores what I have personally experienced at Kutak Rock: a place for me to build my career on equal footing with every other lawyer and one where my wife and I are accepted like any other couple. The firm has supported LGBT attorneys and staff in countless ways over the years and I am thankful to HRC for highlighting the hard work and progressive nature of our firm and its leadership.”

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

Chris Policinski, president and CEO

“We are proud to have received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the fourth year in a row. Each and every day at Land O’Lakes, we complete our work with our values in mind, including uniting in a common cause and valuing all people. This recognition is a benchmark that enhances our stature with potential employees as we recruit for future growth. The unique characteristics and rich, diverse backgrounds and interests of every person on our Land O’Lakes team are and will continue to be the foundation of our success in our purpose of feeding human progress.”

Lane Powell PC

Charles W. Riley Jr., President

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. At Lane Powell, we are deeply committed to providing an open, diverse environment where our attorneys and staff can thrive and do their best work as their authentic selves. Inclusion and tolerance are at the core of who we are as a Firm — and we strive every day to model these values within the Firm, and in our community at large.”

Levi Strauss & Co.

Chip Bergh, President and CEO

“Levi Strauss & Co. is incredibly proud to have earned a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the 14th consecutive year. We have a long history of advocating for and protecting LGBTQ rights – both inside and outside our company. And we know the fight is not over. We’ll continue to be a champion for the LGBTQ community and provide a workplace that is inclusive and supportive.” 

LinkedIn

Pat Wadors, CHRO 

“We are extremely proud of LinkedIn's inclusion in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index. We strive to ensure our LGBT employees and allies feel empowered to be their true and authentic selves and do their best work here at LinkedIn.”

Mallinckrodt

Mark Trudeau, President and Chief Executive Officer

“We are committed to and believe strongly in the power of equality, both in its importance within our company and its positive difference within our communities. At Mallinckrodt, inclusion and diversity are at the core of who we are. As we build a leading specialty pharmaceutical company with a portfolio of innovative therapies that deliver value for patients, we are strengthened by the varied identities, experiences, cultures and views of our employees. On behalf of the thousands of Mallinckrodt employees around the world, we are honored to earn this recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.”

Newmont Mining Corporation

Gary Goldberg, President and CEO

We’re honored that Newmont’s ongoing efforts to create an inclusive workplace were recognized through our perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index. This achievement reflects our commitment to creating an environment where everyone has the opportunity to contribute to achieving our purpose, which is to create value and improve lives through sustainable and responsible mining. We believe diversity and inclusion are key to continuously improving our performance, making Newmont a great place to work, and creating sustainable, long-term value for our shareholders and other stakeholders.”

Nike

Monique Matheson, VP, Chief Talent and Diversity Officer

“At Nike, we have always believed that diversity fosters creativity and accelerates innovation. We have a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion and we believe in a level playing field for all.  So, we are very proud to have received this recognition from HRC. Nike has long supported the LGBT community, including the recognition of marriage equality, domestic partners benefits and workplace non-discrimination. As our business grows, we are committed to continuing to elevate opportunities for all employees, and focusing on building an increasingly diverse global team.”

OppenheimerFunds

Art Steinmetz, CEO

“I’m thrilled that at OppenheimerFunds we are creating an inclusive environment where our employees can bring their whole selves to work. Over the past several years, we’ve worked hard to ensure diversity is celebrated and embraced across the organization. Encouraging diverse ideas and engaging in open dialogue is critical to the success of our business. We’re honored to be recognized by the HRC for these efforts.”

Pandora Media Inc.

Kristen Robinson, Chief Human Resources Officer

“This honor from the Human Rights Campaign is a nod to our employees who nurture our culture of inclusivity, and are committed advocates for LGBTQ equality. Pandora aims to reflect the diversity of our audience, musicians and local communities, and we are proud to play a role in building a more equitable society in which our business, employees and communities thrive.”

Quarles & Brady LLP

George Marek, Partner and Co-Chair, Diversity & Inclusion Committee

"Quarles & Brady is honored to be named again by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.  At our firm, we have a guiding principle that everyone counts, every day.  We seek to create an environment where every employee feels they belong, and where our diverse voices and experiences are valued and utilized in providing superior legal advice and client service."  

RBC Capital Markets LLC

Blair Fleming, head of RBC Capital Markets, U.S., and head of U.S. Investment Banking

“It is an honor to receive a top score for the seventh year. RBC is fully committed to respecting and protecting the human rights and personal dignity of our LGBT employees and their families for equality in the workplace. We are pleased to see this commitment reflected in our 100 percent score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index.”

RBC Wealth Management

Michael Armstrong, CEO

“This perfect 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign for the seventh year reflects how strongly RBC values the diversity of its workforce. As a company we are committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment built on mutual respect, trust and fair treatment, where individual differences are valued and celebrated. This recognition underscores our serious commitment to diversity.”

Replacements, Ltd.

Bob Page, Founder & CEO

“We’re very proud to be among the nine companies to have scored 100% every year since HRC began measuring corporate America’s commitment to LGBT inclusion. Over the last 15 years, most large employers have embraced workplace policies that recognize the contributions that LGBT people make when we’re free to bring our whole selves to work, without fear of discrimination or harassment. It’s disappointing that our federal government has never passed a law barring workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, despite strong public opinion in its favor. The State of North Carolina’s disastrous adoption of HB2 shows just how little some lawmakers understand about best workplace practices among the businesses that fuel our economy. We hope that President-Elect Trump will make good on his promise to be pro-LGBT and urge Congress to pass comprehensive workplace non-discrimination legislation.”

Rockwell Collins 

Jeff Standerski, Senior Vice President - Human Resources

"Rockwell Collins is honored and proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Corporate Equality Index. Creating an environment that is inclusive and equitable for all of our people is something we take very seriously. Our goal is that every single employee feels comfortable and safe bringing their whole selves to work every day. Earning a score of 100 is meaningful validation that we're doing the right things for our people."

Salesforce

Tony Prophet, Chief Equality Officer

“We are proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as a best place to work for LGBTQ Equality. Equality is a core value at Salesforce and we remain steadfast in our commitment to equality for all.”

SAP America Inc.

Jewell Parkinson, SVP, Head of HR

“In today’s hyper-competitive digital era, the winners will be those companies that cultivate an inclusive, supportive environment for employees who reflect, and can empathize with, the world around us. SAP has doubled down on building precisely that type of work environment to attract, retain and inspire talent from all walks of life, including the LGBT community. This recognition by the Human Rights Campaign, and our perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index for the fourth consecutive year, is a testament to the unwavering commitment to diversity shared throughout all levels of the SAP organization."

Sapient Corp.

Donald Chesnut, Global Chief Creative Officer

"We are honored to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. What makes Sapient a great company is our people and we will continue to strengthen our commitment to being an open and inclusive workplace as diversity keeps our work authentic and creates better culture. We’re committed to seeking unique points of view that challenge the status quo, break barriers and give everyone a voice."

Schiff Hardin LLP

Clay A. Tillack, Chair of LGBT Diversity Subcommittee

“It’s fantastic to receive the HRC’s highest rating again this year. This recognition also comes on the heels of a big LGBT pro bono win that we obtained with the ACLU: the Illinois Human Rights Commission has just held that our clients’ rights were violated when a bed and breakfast refused to host their civil union celebration. Wins like this are a great reminder of Schiff Hardin’s unwavering support of the LGBT community—and of why I’m such a proud member of this firm.” 

S&P Global

Rose Lanard, Chief Diversity Officer

"S&P Global is very proud to be a strong advocate for advancing LGBT rights in the workplace and we're incredibly honored to receive a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the second consecutive year. Each year we raise the bar on best-in-class LGBT-supportive programs and policies. External recognition like CEI is meaningful on so many levels -- most importantly, it spotlights our deep commitment to diversity and inclusion and a workplace where all of our employees can be themselves and bring their best to work each day."

Shook, Hardy & Bacon LLP

Madeleine McDonough, Chair-Elect

“Shook, Hardy & Bacon is honored to receive HRC’s repeated recognition of our efforts to ensure equal rights and opportunities for our employees. We want everyone to bring their best energy to work every day for our clients, and HRC's Corporate Equality Index is an excellent tool to help track, benchmark and encourage employers across industries to align internal policies with diversity and inclusion goals.  We know that cultivating an inclusive work environment not only makes us a stronger firm, but helps us provide deeper insights and obtain better results for our clients.”

Sun Life Financial 

Emily Schur, VP, Human Resources

"Diversity and equality are huge components of Sun Life's business philosophy, and we strongly believe in fostering a work environment that makes every employee feel valued, appreciated, and equal. We not only believe that talent comes in all forms, but that our company gains the benefit of unique perspectives from a diverse workforce, creating a rich and interesting work environment for everyone. Through our GLOBE network (Gay, Lesbian, Others, Building Equality), we engage in frequent discussions, guest speaker sessions, and community activities that address issues relevant to our LGBTQ employees and also educate the greater Sun Life employee community. While we've made progress, we are continuously committed to devoting the time, energy, and investments necessary to promote and develop a truly inclusive work environment for Sun Life - including employees in every state. We are committed to consistently ensuring a safe, open, equal workplace for the LGBTQ community and all employees, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or religion. We not only want to promote workplace equality, we want to better understand the issues LGBTQ  and other minority workers face, so that we can provide support and growth opportunities." 

Symantec Corp.

Cecily Joseph, VP, Corporate Responsibility & Chief Diversity Officer at Symantec

“At Symantec, we believe that a diverse workforce is essential to exceptional products and performance which is why we work hard to make our workplace inclusive for all employees. We are proud to be recognized for our leadership in providing benefits and support to our LGBTQ community with a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the ninth-consecutive year.”

TE Connectivity Inc.

Tom Lynch, Chairman and CEO

“TE is extremely proud and honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our commitment to the LGBTQ community. Unleashing our people’s potential through inclusion is a core part of TE’s strategy and is integral to our continued innovation and growth as a global technology leader.”

Terrence Curtin, President and CEO-elect

“Achieving a score of 100 on the index is a strong confirmation of our inclusion and diversity efforts. Much of our success in this area is due to the continued efforts of our employees across the organization and from our LGBTQ employees and allies. This is a wonderful recognition.” 

TIAA

Roger Ferguson, President and CEO

“Since TIAA’s founding nearly a century ago, the diversity of our workforce has been one of our greatest strengths and a key enabler of our success. TIAA was created to serve and built to perform for the millions of people who count on us to help them pursue their unique definition of success.  To achieve our special mission, we must unlock the power that comes from the diverse skills and perspectives of our employees.  As we continue to build an inclusive culture where every individual can bring their full potential and authentic self, we are proud to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the eighth consecutive year.”

Tyson Foods Inc.

Tom Hayes, President

"We are inclusive at Tyson Foods, because we are a caring TEAM that values everyone's contributions. We know unlocking our potential means leveraging the power of full team work. We’re excited to be recognized with a 100% in the Corporate Equality Index and are committed to our continued efforts in building an inclusive culture."

Uber

Liane Hornsey, Chief Human Resources Officer

"Receiving a perfect score from the Human Rights Campaign is a testament to the inclusive culture we celebrate at Uber. We're honored to be recognized for that commitment to equality and remain hopeful for the day when HRC's list is no longer necessary."

Unilever

Mike Clementi, Unilever North America Vice President of Human Resources

“Unilever U.S. is honored to be recognized for a ninth straight year by the Human Rights Campaign, and we are extremely proud to uphold our perfect score of 100 percent on the CEI. As an organization, we work hard to provide an environment where all employees feel valued, included and bring their personal passions to the workplace. We believe an inclusive workplace is critical to our growth as a company.”

Visa

Michael Ross, Executive Vice President, Global Head of Human Resources

“At Visa, we believe in the promise of universal acceptance for everyone, everywhere. It’s an honor for us to be recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, as we continue to foster a diverse and inclusive environment where different perspectives are valued and all our employees have an opportunity to comfortably and confidently thrive.”

Voya Financial

Rod Martin, Chairman and CEO

“We are proud to receive a perfect score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index for the 12th consecutive year. This honor reflects our commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace, which is essential in our journey to becoming America’s Retirement Company.” 

WeddingWire Inc.

Timothy Chi, CEO

"We are  honored  to have received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the second year in a row. At WeddingWire, diversity is celebrated as a key component to our company culture, and it means a lot that our efforts to create an inclusive environment are recognized by an organization as inspiring as the HRC.  Just as we strive to stay ahead of the curve to deliver our customers a fantastic experience, we will continue to learn, grow, and listen in order to provide our amazing employees with a  high-quality experience driven by innovation, creativity, and openness."

Wellmark Inc.

John Forsyth, Chairman and CEO

"At Wellmark, diversity and inclusion are fundamental to who we are and what we do. Investing in an inclusive workforce and workplace garners innovation, connectivity and commitment.  Combining diversity with inclusion is essential to reaching our potential as a company."

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP

Betty Temple, Womble Carlyle Chair 

“We are proud to our support our LGBT employees, and we have made a deliberate effort to ensure we have an inclusive workplace. We support efforts to promote equality and fairness for all.”

Kevin Lyn, Co-Chair of Womble Carlyle’s Diversity Committee

“The rights and concerns of the LGBT community matter, and they are important to Womble Carlyle’s diversity efforts. We are glad the HRC agrees that we have created a welcoming and inclusive environment for our LGBT employees and their families.”

Wyndham Worldwide

Patricia Lee, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer

“At Wyndham Worldwide, we see our diverse workforce as a competitive advantage in global hospitality, infusing different perspectives and reflecting the customers and the communities we serve. This recognition by the Human Rights Campaign reinforces the ongoing success we have achieved in making our company an employer of choice among the LGBT community, and one that encourages associates to bring their whole selves to work.”