The HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index continues to show incredible growth in the number of employers that are committed to implementing LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices.
An outstanding 1,384 companies actively participated in the CEI 2023-2024 Survey.
In the 2023-2024 CEI, 545 employers achieved a top score of 100 earning the coveted “Equality 100 Award”
128 companies, from nearly every industry, participated in the CEI for the first time this year.
|All Fortune 500||Fortune 500 Participants||Fortune 500 Non-Responders|
|Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in U.S. Nondiscrimination Policy||93%||98%||77%|
|Spousal and Domestic Partner Benefits||55%||71%||0%|
|Transgender Workplace Best Practices||55%||71%||0%|
|Outreach and Engagement to the LGBTQ+ Community||60%||77%||0%|
|Corporate Social Responsibility||67%||86%||0%|
|Average 2023-2024 CEI Score||67||86||4|
Equitable policies and benefits are critical to LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workforce but alone are not sufficient to support a truly inclusive culture within a workplace. Employers recognize that beyond the letter of a policy, additional programming and educational efforts are necessary.
of CEI-rated employers (1,106 of 1,384 respondents) have implemented at least one LGBTQ+ data collection effort.
of CEI-rated employers (1,354 of 1,384 respondents) have an employee resource group or diversity council that includes LGBTQ+ and allied employees and programming.
major businesses have adopted gender transition guidelines to establish best practices in transgender inclusion for managers and teams–up from 660 businesses in the 2022-2023 CEI.
CEI-rated businesses have extensive programs to engage with key markets and the communities in which they operate. Public commitment in the CEI is measured through a number of individual engagements with LGBTQ+ community
The CEI’s Corporate Social Responsibility criteria also ensures that sexual orientation and gender identity protections apply to businesses’ suppliers in their non-discrimination standards, as well as recipients of the businesses’ philanthropic funds.
of CEI-rated businesses (994 of 1,384 respondents) met the standard of demonstrating at least five efforts of public commitment to the LGBTQ+ community.
of CEI-rated businesses (1,090 of 1,384 respondents) have written giving guidelines that prohibit philanthropic support of non-religious organizations with an explicit policy of discrimination towards LGBTQ+ people.