Corporate Equality Index: 2018 Statements from Employers That Rated 100 Percent

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3M

Marlene McGrath, Senior VP Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer

"Fostering an environment that enables trust, respect and success for all 3M employees is vital to our business success. We want our people to feel valued and free to be their authentic selves at work each and every day. We’re proud to receive recognition as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality, and are committed to continuing to seek new opportunities to help individuals of all backgrounds, abilities and experiences to thrive."

Air Products & Chemicals Inc

Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO

“At Air Products, we have a goal to be the world’s most diverse and inclusive industrial gas company. We want to attract and retain the best people and get the benefits of everyone’s talents. You can only do that if you create an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and wants to come to work every day and feels empowered to be their best self.”

AlixPartners LLP

Simon Freakley, CEO

“Receiving a perfect score on the CEI is a testament to our firm-wide commitment to maintaining a work environment and corporate culture built upon the pillars of personal respect, diversity in thought and experience and the open exchange of ideas. We are extremely proud to be recognized by HRC as a top place to work for LGBTQ equality and look forward to continuing to recruit and retain diverse talent of the highest caliber.”

AT&T

Corey Anthony, SVP & Chief Diversity Officer

"A perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index says a lot about a company's commitment to the LGBTQ community. A perfect score for 14 straight years is evidence of a sustained commitment. From our Board of Directors to our frontline employees, we are committed to diversity and to equality for all."

Autodesk, Inc.

Daniel Guillory, Head of Diversity and Inclusion

“At Autodesk, we strive to create an environment where everyone, everywhere, is excited to come to work, and can fully contribute their talents in the workplace. For the second year in a row, we’re proud to announce we received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), designating us as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality. We’re committed to supporting the LGBTQ community, and employees of all kinds of different backgrounds, perspectives, and beliefs to create opportunities for as many people as possible to participate in the future of work.”

BNY Mellon Investment Management

Mitchell E. Harris, CEO

"Work is where we spend much of our most precious commodity—time—and there is no place in that environment for discrimination based on race, gender, sexual preference, or religion. We are honored and delighted to receive a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for an eleventh consecutive year —and take this moment to appreciate the diversity that makes BNY Mellon who it is. We also look forward to the day when respect and fairness for all is commonplace across every business and industry."

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 sixth 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.”

Cambia Health Solutions

Chip Terhune, Vice President of Business Strategy and Executive Sponsor of Cambia's PRIDE ERG

“At Cambia, we promote a safe, welcoming and collaborative workplace that values our employees and reflects the diverse communities we serve as a consumer-centric health organization. It is an honor to be recognized again for our focus on weaving diversity and inclusion into the fabric of the organization. Through embracing our employees and their individual experiences, we advocate for a culture that convenes a broad spectrum of thoughts, talents and experiences.”

Capital One

Meghan Welch, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer

"Capital One is proud to have earned a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index for ‘Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality’ for the 15th consecutive year.  We support LGBTQ+ associates through our executive-sponsored ‘Out Front’ Business Resource Group and by providing progressive health benefits including coverage for domestic partners and gender reassignment surgery.  We are proud to have our associates participate in LGBTQ+ internal panel discussions, conferences, community events and testimonial opportunities in an effort to share how this engaged, creative and talented group is delivering innovative products and services to our customers.”

Carlyle Group LP, The

William E. Conway Jr, Co-CEO

"A diverse and inclusive workplace enables us to attract the best talent and makes us better investors. Creating opportunity for everyone is an important part of Carlyle’s culture."

Cerner Corporation

Julie Wilson, Executive VP & Chief People Officer

“Transforming health and care requires innovative ideas and candid collaboration. The unique qualities, backgrounds and experiences of each Cerner associate help create solutions to improve health care around the world. We believe in the advantages of diversity and value a welcoming and supportive work environment where every associate is able to contribute at their highest potential to our important mission and be recognized for their impact. We’re proud to achieve a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index based on our commitment to LGBTQ equality in the workplace.”

Covington

Timothy Hester, Chair

“Covington is extremely proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for creating an inclusive workplace for everyone. Receiving a perfect score for ten consecutive years demonstrates our long standing commitment to promote and protect the rights and interests of the LGBT+ community.”

Credit Suisse Holdings USA Inc

Eric Varvel, President and CEO 

“We are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our commitment to creating an inclusive workplace for everyone. We are even more humbled that this is the thirteenth 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.”

Crowell & Moring LLP

Phillip T. Inglima, Chair of Firm's Executive Committee

“Crowell & Moring is strongly committed to fostering diversity and creating a culture of inclusion across our firm. We are proud to be recognized once more by the Human Rights Campaign for our efforts to support LGBT workplace equality. It is through attracting and retaining diverse talent that we can best serve our clients and build a law firm community that better reflects the communities we serve.”

CVS Health

Lisa Bisaccia, EVP and Chief Human Resource Officer for CVS Health and Executive Sposnor of CVS Health's LGBTQ resource group

“As a pharmacy innovation company that serves 100 million Americans each year and employs over 245,000 colleagues, our continued success demands that we seek out, listen to and leverage everyone’s voices and ensure every individual feels valued, respected and appreciated. The diverse perspectives that our colleagues, customers and suppliers provide help our company continue to innovate and thrive.”

Diageo North America

Alessandra Ginante, Executive VP of Human Resources

“We are proud to be recognized ten years in a row for our efforts to foster a work environment that enables our LGBTQ employees to be their authentic selves every day. Celebrating diversity and fostering an inclusive environment for everyone is at the core of Diageo’s values.”

Ernst & Young LLP

Carolyn Slaski, Americas Vice Chair of Talent

"We are extremely proud to be amongst companies earning the top score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). At EY, we know that diversity and inclusiveness are key drivers of innovation, which is more important than ever in our current transformative business environment. EY is deeply committed to creating and fostering an environment where all our people feel that they belong and are able to bring their full selves to work.”

Estee Lauder Companies, The

Marilu Marshall, Senior VP, Executive Management, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer

“Achieving a 100 percent ranking on the Corporate Equality Index demonstrates our enduring commitment to meeting the diverse needs of our employees worldwide. We believe that creating a workplace where Inclusion and Diversity is deeply valued and embraced allows employees to thrive both personally and professionally,”

Excellus Health Plan Inc.

Joseph Searles, Corporate Director of Diversity & Workforce Inclusion

“We are proud to have revived this recognition for a fourth year in a row. Diversity and inclusion are business priorities and a fundamental part of our culture. The ongoing success of our organization is directly dependent on the diversity of our people – each person’s background, experience, engagement, performance, and creativity is leveraged to meet business goals. It is a priority for us to have an environment where everyone is free to optimize their full contribution to the business. A diverse, engaged, high-achieving workforce committed to our business strategy will provide us with unparalleled business results and a competitive advantage by capitalizing on the diverse intellectual capital within our organization.”

Express Scripts Holding Company 

Susan Stith, Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Corporate Giving

“We are proud to be listed among companies which exemplify what it means to be diverse and inclusive. At Express Scripts, our goal is for everyone to be able to bring their whole self to work, each and every day. Recognitions like this underscore the importance of our efforts and our care for colleagues and the communities in which we live and work.”

Franklin Templeton Investments

Craig Tyle, Executive VP, General Counsel and D&I Executive Council, Pride Business Resoruce Group Exeuctive Sponsor

"We are honored to once again be recognized with a 100% score by the Human Rights Campaign. At Franklin Templeton, we seek to foster a culture of inclusion and diversity by valuing the talent and ideas provided by the unique experiences of our employees. Our respect for individuals bringing their whole selves to the workplace guides how we work, learn, and innovate."

General Motors

Ken Barrett, Global Chief Diversity Officer

"General Motors is extremely honored to be recognized with a top score once again by the HRC on its 2018 Corporate Equality Index.   Receiving this distinction for the 10th time out of 11 years validates GM’s longstanding commitment to implement policies and practices which enables an inclusive work environment for our employees.  The technological innovation so critical to our business can only come from a fully engaged, empowered workforce with a broad spectrum of backgrounds and perspectives.  We are proud to partner with the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in the important work of equality and inclusion initiatives meaningful to the LGBTQ community."

Grant Thornton LLP

Nicole Blythe, National Managing Partner, People Experience

“We help enable our people to bring their ‘whole selves’ to work through our inclusive culture, policies and benefits. We are honored to be named as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality and receive a 100 percent ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index for the second year in a row. Our diverse and inclusive culture helps our people thrive, and enables the firm to provide the highest quality services for our clients.”

HERE Technologies

Kelley Steven- Waiss, CHRO

"We’re committed to making HERE Technologies an open and inclusive place for everyone. We are proud and honored to have earned a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index for “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” for the sixth year in a row. An inclusive environment where opportunities are boundless for everyone and diverse perspectives are embraced are important to us - We are one team united - Made greater by the sum of our passion and talent.

Hershey Company, The

Alicia Petross, VP of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement

“We are thrilled with The Hershey Company’s ranking of 100 on the 2018 HRC Corporate Equity Index,” said Alicia (AJ) Petross, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement at The Hershey Company. “Hershey celebrates, encourages and promotes diversity and inclusion. Our core belief is that the diversity of our employees’ perspectives, backgrounds and experiences is our greatest strength as a company. Our fourth consecutive CEI ranking of 100 is a visible reflection of our deep commitment to inclusion.”

Husch Blackwell LLP

Maurice Watson, Chairman

“We are proud of our second-consecutive perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index and feel that the accomplishment demonstrates our commitment to workplace diversity and inclusion. We continue to set high standards for ourselves, understanding that being a ‘Best Place to Work’ shouldn’t be a one-time accolade, but a mark to aim for each and every day.”

IKEA Holding US Inc.

Lars Petersson, President US

“We are honored to be recognized again by the 2018 Corporate Equality Index with a 100 percent perfect score. At IKEA U.S., we believe equality is a human right. Every co-workers’ special uniqueness and talent contributes to helping IKEA U.S. be a great place to work"

Indeed Inc.

Paul Wolfe, SVP of Human Resources

“At Indeed, we firmly believe in celebrating and supporting the LGBTQ culture and community both in and outside of the workplace. We are deeply committed to creating an inclusive work environment and culture where all people feel comfortable being themselves and expressing their opinions. We’ll continue to support efforts to create an open environment, and assist both job seekers and employers who are addressing stumbling blocks, by lending our voice and research to broader discussions on challenges and solutions.”

Iron Mountain 

Ty Ondatje, Senior Vice President for Corporate Responsibility and Chief Diversity Officer

"At Iron Mountain we are committed to providing an inclusive environment for our employees to bring their whole, authentic selves to work and pursue their potential. We are thrilled to have that commitment reflected in our score on the Corporate Equality Index."

Leidos Holdings

Ann Addison, Chief Human Resources Officer

"Leidos encourages and celebrates a culture of innovation and high performance through diversity of thought, which is only achieved by embracing all perspectives of our employee population. We are incredibly honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, and we are particularly pleased to be among esteemed companies who also demonstrate a commitment to equality and inclusion."

Live Nation Entertainment

Michael Rapino, President and CEO

“Live music brings together fans of all different backgrounds while also encouraging self-expression, and at Live Nation we do everything we can to promote that same culture of inclusion for our employees. As the world’s leader in live entertainment, we are proud to empower the LGBTQ community through concerts and career opportunities, and are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign.”

Morris, Manning, & Martin LLP

Louise Wells, Managing Partner

"MMM believes strongly that diversity is key to running a successful business. “We appreciate that CEI set clear guidelines to achieve the goal of the coveted 100% rating."

Doug Selph, Partner and head of employee affinity group for members of the LGBTQ community and their allies

“Thanks to everyone for their efforts over the past year in attaining a perfect score of 100! Last year was our first time participating in the CEI and we scored 80, which was impressive for our first attempt. This year’s perfect score shows the firm’s commitment to diversity in the workforce."

MSLGroup Americas

Ron Guirguis, US CEO

“MSL has a long tradition of celebrating workplace diversity as an enduring value in the U.S. and across our global network. Our commitment to make our company a great place for everyone and to engage multiple perspectives in everything we do has made us stronger.  We remain fully committed to being a top employer of choice for LGBTQ professionals”

Omnicom Group

Tiffany R. Warren, Senior VP and Chief Diversity Officer, Omnicom Group

“At Omnicom, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce that promotes fairness and acceptance of all people regardless of gender or sexual orientation. We strive to create environments that allow our employees to feel safe and secure enough to always bring their whole selves to work. This, in turn, encourages fresh ideas, collaboration, innovation and productivity, thereby improving overall business performance and making it critical to our future success. It is an honor to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation as one of the Best Places to Work and we extend our thanks to everyone who helped us achieve a perfect score for the second year in a row.”

Oppenheimer Funds

Art Steinmetz, Chairman and CEO

“We are honored to be recognized by the HRC. Fostering a work environment that embraces diversity leads to better business outcomes that positively impact our clients, employees and community.”

PayPal Holdings, Inc.

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"We are honored and proud to have once again achieved a perfect score on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. At PayPal, inclusion and equality are more than just words on our walls. These are core values that lie at the center of who we are as a company and that guide all of our actions. Our mission is to democratize financial services to give billions of people who are underserved by the current financial system access to affordable and safe ways to move and manage money, and to ensure that everyone can participate in the global economy and achieve financial health. This is a mission that is fundamentally inclusive and ties back to our core values that we strive to promote in all aspects of our business."

Publicis Groupe

Anne- Gabrielle Heilbronner, Secretary General and Member of the Directoire

“It is a point of pride that our agency culture empowers our talent to make substantial contributions to our business. Égalité was started as a grassroots initiative and has added tremendous value in fostering engaging and inclusive work environments. In 2012 only one Publicis Groupe agency participated in the HRC CEI. Today, two entire solution hubs and seven agencies have been coached to success by Égalité.”

Sandra Sims-Williams, Chief Diversity Officer in the US

“This achievement is the manifestation of our company’s motto Viva la Difference! which is both a celebration of work that stands out in the marketplace and a celebration of our diverse talent and inclusive work environments which are home to many members of the LGBTQ community. We can all feel tremendously proud of this achievement.”

Publicis Media

Tim Jones, CEO 

"It is such an honor to receive a perfect score on this year’s HRC Corporate Equality Index. Fostering an inclusive culture is so important to our organization, as it enables all talent to thrive, makes our company stronger and the work we do for our clients better. Publicis Media, in partnership with its parent company Publicis Groupe, gives its employees a myriad of opportunities to celebrate diversity and inclusion – whether it be through our Business Resource Groups or various advocacy and educational offerings that exist in our local markets."

Portland General Electric

Anne Mersereau, VP of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

"At Portland General Electric, we strongly believe in diversity and inclusion and embrace the inherent value of every person. We champion a safe environment and culture for our LGBTQ employees and our entire workforce. As a company that values diversity and respect for all, we’re proud to receive a 100 percent score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the fifth year in a row. We recognize that a wide range of talents, viewpoints and ideas are important to our success. More than half of all Oregonians depend on PGE for their energy needs, and we’re committed to being involved in the communities where we live and work. At PGE, we want our workforce to reflect the rich diversity of the people we serve."

PVH Corp

Manny Chirico, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

“At PVH, we are committed to creating an inclusive environment where every individual is valued. This drives our growth, performance, creativity, and success. We are proud to be recognized with a 100% rating on the Corporate Equality Index. Congratulations to all of the other organizations receiving this recognition who share our commitment to equality.”

RBC Capital Markets, US

Blair Fleming, Head of RBC Capital Markets 

“We continue to make tremendous strides in fostering and promoting a culture that embraces Diversity and Inclusion across all facets of our business, and RBC’s culture is stronger for it. Our employees have embraced our efforts around policy, advocacy and allyship for the LGBT+community, allowing us to create a workplace where equality is a priority and all of our employees are supported. We remain committed to advancing the interests of our employees and to fostering our unique culture,”

RBC Wealth Management, US

Michael Armstrong, CEO RBC Wealth Management 

“RBC is incredibly proud to be a strong advocate for advancing LGBTQ rights in the workplace and we're honored to receive a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the eighth year. We are deeply committed to building and fostering an inclusive culture where differences in gender, sexual orientation and identity are valued and embraced.”

Jewell Parkinson, SVP, Head of Human Resources

“Simply put, diversity and inclusivity is the very lifeblood of innovation and ingenuity, which depends on approaching business problems in a non-linear way, with input from a variety of perspectives.  At SAP, we are committed to fostering a culture where we not only embrace our differences but rely upon them to drive value for our customers.  It is a priority that is supported at all levels of the organization, which makes the Human Rights Campaign’s recognition of our LGBTQ initiatives for the fifth straight year particularly gratifying.”

Replacements Ltd

Bob Page, CEO

“Danica Roem’s victory this week in Virginia is a great win for the LGBTQ community. While her election is a huge step forward, unfortunately it’s become very clear that corporate leadership must set the example in protecting LGBTQ employees, especially the transgender community. Recent proposed actions seem to specifically target transgender Americans, and that absolutely needs to stop; no person, for any reason, should be made to feel singled out or picked on. That’s why we must loudly continue to  let Washington know it’s past time for Congress to pass comprehensive workplace non-discrimination legislation to protect all people.”

SAP America Inc

Jewell Parkinson, SVP, Head of Human Resources

“Simply put, diversity and inclusivity is the very lifeblood of innovation and ingenuity, which depends on approaching business problems in a non-linear way, with input from a variety of perspectives.  At SAP, we are committed to fostering a culture where we not only embrace our differences but rely upon them to drive value for our customers.  It is a priority that is supported at all levels of the organization, which makes the Human Rights Campaign’s recognition of our LGBTQ initiatives for the fifth straight year particularly gratifying.”

Sapient Razorfish

Donald Chestnut, Global Chief Creative Officer

“As the executive sponsor of our PRIDE LGBTQ network, I’m proud of our strides towards making a difference from the inside out. Our environment is one in which we advocate for team members who are overlooked, we speak up when others fail to exhibit empathy, and we believe every action – big or small – counts toward the overall goal of a fair and inclusive workforce. This recognition for SapientRazorfish shines a spotlight on our willingness to be empathetic with each other as well as in our work, and we hope to continue moving forward in a way that not only improves our organization but creates a ripple effect in the world.”

Schiff Hardin LLP

Marci Eisenstein, Managing Partner

“Diversity is the glue that binds us together at Schiff Hardin and makes our culture stick. It is a priority across the firm – in our leadership ranks, recruiting efforts, and with all attorneys and staff members,” said Marci Eisenstein, Schiff Hardin’s managing partner. “We are proud to have earned a top ranking from HRC in recognition of our commitment for the eighth consecutive year.”

TE Connectivity

Terrence Curtin, CEO

“We are honored to receive this recognition once again from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation because it speaks to our ongoing commitment to an inclusive and diverse workplace where all employees are valued, respected and supported. This designation is a testament to our employees across the organization, especially our LGBTQ employees and allies, who continually work to increase awareness and understanding and to help create a workplace where everyone is able to maximize their potential and contribute to our common success.”

TPG Global LLC

Jon Winkelried, Co-CEO

“We are proud to receive a score of 100% on the Corporate Equality Index and applaud the Human Rights Campaign’s hard work to bring awareness to the needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees. TPG is committed to continue expanding our diversity and inclusion initiatives throughout our organization. We thank the Human Rights Campaign for the guidance and support it provides companies like ours as we work toward LGBT equality in the workplace.”

Tyson Foods

Tom Haynes, President and CEO

"We’re proud of our diversity and believe it makes us a stronger, better company. As part of our core values, we strive to be inclusive, operate with integrity and be respectful of each other every day. We are honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for our ongoing commitment to the LGBTQ community and workplace equality.”

UBM Americas 

Scott Schulman, CEO

“We are proud and honored that our US team have been recognized on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality. We at UBM Americas stand by the importance of supporting an inclusive, vibrant work environment and culture that celebrates the diversity of our employees and the communities we serve.  This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign reinforces one of our core value commitments to continuously nurture and grow the passion of our people and create an inspiring place to work.”

Under Armour, Inc.

Kevin Plank, CEO

“At Under Armour, we stand for equality.  United we win.  The power of sport is fueled by every race, gender, nationality, orientation and creed you can imagine all over the world.  We’re proud advocates for equality, justice and opportunity for all. Together we will be a force for good.”

Visa

Jolen Anderson, SVP, Chief Diversity Officer

“At Visa, we are committed to fostering a diverse workplace where all people and perspectives are valued, and our employees can bring their whole selves to work.  Visa is proud of the 100 percent rating on the HRC Corporate Equality Index for the third year in a row, and honored to be named one of the best places to work for the LGTBQ+ community. Inclusion within our organization is not just about accepting our differences, but about challenging ourselves to learn new behaviors like removing unconscious biases that hold us back and being more receptive to new ideas and points of views.  We know there is always more work to be done and we’re continuing to focus on initiatives that enact real change within our company and the world.”