New Project Aims to Boost Houston Businesses' Participation in Corporate Equality Index

by HRC Staff

Washington- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Out &amp Equal Houston have partnered on "CEI Houston" - a project aimed at increasing participation in the HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI). Although Houston is one of the nation's top economic centers, many of the area's top employers are not represented in the Index. Of the 29 Fortune 500 businesses headquartered in Houston, only 9 are CEI participants. The CEI Houston project looks to change that by providing diversity and inclusion executives with the programs and resources needed to help companies join the ranks of top Houston employers like Chevron, Continental, Shell, and Waste Management.

Launched in 2002, the HRC CEI has become the only nationally recognized measure lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.

Companies that do participate in the CEI find:

CEI Houston will be comprised of three events, presented by Out & Equal Houston and the HRC Workplace Project:

February 3 - Diversity and inclusion professionals from businesses currently participating in the CEI will be invited join a webinar "Understanding the next generation CEI scoring criteria." To register visit:

Feb 17 - Companies who do not currently participate in the CEI survey and are interested in learning more are invited to a free webinar "An Introduction to the Corporate Equality Index" on February 17, 2011. To register visit:

Also for prospective CEI participants, in March, following the February 17 webinar, Out &Equal Houston and the HRC Workplace Project will host an in-person half-day training session providing diversity and inclusion professionals with more detailed information on LGBT workplace inclusion. Specific date and time for this event is to be determined. For more information visit

For more information, please contact Mike Craig at Out & Equal Houston ( or Eric Bloem (

Current top Houston employers (as ranked by the Houston Chronicle) that earn 100% on the CEI and are considered The Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality are:

Baker Botts LLP
BMC Software Inc.
BP America Inc.
Continental Airlines Inc.
Chevron Corp.
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
Shell Oil Co.
Spectra Energy Corp.
Vinson & Elkins LLP
Waste Management Inc.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign - the nation's largest civil rights organization, working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, the HRC Foundation strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

Out & Equal Houston is a Regional Affiliate of Out & Equalᄏ Workplace Advocates, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving workplaces where full equality extends to people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. Our mission is to provide educational and networking programs which empower Houston-area organizations, HR professionals, employee resource groups, and individual employees to create and maintain inclusive work environments for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

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