Corporate Equality Index: 2015 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent

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Abercrombie & Fitch

Amy Zehrer, Executive Vice President

“We are a proud supporter of the LGBT community and honored to earn another perfect score on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index. Abercrombie & Fitch is committed to embracing diversity in the workplace and excited to receive this recognition for the ninth consecutive year.”


Akerman LLP

Andrew Smulian, Chairman and CEO

"We are extremely honored and proud to be distinguished as one of the nation's top law firms for workplace equality. Many of the greatest ideas and discoveries are born from a diverse mix of minds, backgrounds and experiences. We are committed to cultivating an inclusive work environment enriched by our people, our clients, and the communities in which we practice."



Roy Harvey, Executive Vice President of Human Resources and Environment, Health and Safety and Sustainability

"Alcoa places a high value on promoting an inclusive and equitable workplace. By bringing diverse talent and perspectives together, we create an enriched workplace, and a stronger, more competitive company.”


Astellas US LLC

Rod Christmon, Director of Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion

“Astellas takes workplace equality seriously and strives to provide an inclusive culture focused on our core tenets of serving patient needs, enthusiasm, results, communication and integrity. With the support of Astellas’ LGBT Employee Resource Group, we are honored to join a record number of companies where sexual orientation and gender identity/expression, equivalence in spousal and partner benefits, and competency training for employees is a top priority. We are proud to have our efforts recognized by the Human Rights Campaign.”




Baker & McKenzie LLP

Eduardo Leite, Chairman of the Executive Committee

“We are honored to be among the top companies recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for the fifth consecutive year and we are pleased to share this recognition with so many of our clients and peers in the legal industry.  This is truly a celebration of our common commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace for all.  We take pride in our perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index as it underscores our belief that diversity and inclusion foster innovation and collaboration.  This allows us to serve our clients in the best way possible and it also contributes to the culture of friendship that is so prevalent across our global organization.”


Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP

Pat Quinn, Managing Partner-elect

“Cadwalader is honored that the Human Rights Campaign once again recognized the firm for fostering a workplace environment that welcomes and values diversity and inclusion. We are committed to attracting, retaining and promoting the best and brightest talent available, including LGBT people and other diverse groups. Ultimately, a diverse workforce is critical not only for serving our clients well, but for ensuring our continued success as a leading global law firm.”


The Capital Markets Company N.V.

Rob Heyvaert, Founder, Chairman, and CEO

"I am very proud that Capco has scored a perfect 100 at our first attempt on the HRC Corporate Equality Index. To unleash the potential for greatness that lies within all our people I want Capco to be an organization that allows you to #beyourselfatwork"


Danaher Corp.

Dan Daniel, Executive Vice President and Diversity Council Chairman

"We are honored that HRC has recognized our commitment to the LGBT community for the second year in a row.  To build our winning team, we need associates who embody both the diversity of thought and work style required to advance our innovative culture, as well as the diversity of backgrounds that reflect the complex nature of our customer base and global footprint.  As a company, Danaher is proud to foster a workplace culture that supports diversity, inclusion and community."


Discover Financial Services

David Nelms, Chairman and Chief Executive

“Discover’s perfect score reinforces the value we place on our employees’ well-being and our emphasis on developing a culture that embraces diversity and inclusion,” said David Nelms, chairman and chief executive of Discover. “Supporting initiatives that provide a deeper understanding of diversity within our company not only help others learn from our differences but contribute to Discover’s overall business priorities.”


Eastern Bank Corp.

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

“Eastern Bank is proud to be nationally recognized as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality,” said Nancy Stager, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Charitable Giving, Eastern Bank.  “We are firmly committed to providing a diverse workforce because it makes us a better employer and a better provider of service to our customers.  Our workforce reflects our customer base and that allows us to truly understand the many challenges facing the diverse communities that we serve.”


Facebook Inc.

Maxine Williams, Global Director of Diversity

“Facebook is deeply committed to supporting all members of the LGBTQ community, as well as their many allies. From the release of custom gender options and LGBTQ-friendly life event icons for our community to partnerships with national LGBTQ organizations and our month long Pride celebration, we are proud of fostering a culture of inclusion and acceptance both within our company and around the world.

We are happy to announce that we have achieved a top score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2015 Corporate Equality Index. This index is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Debuting on the list with a score of 100 is a testament to our open and inclusive culture as well as a celebration of all the incredible teams and people who continue to work towards our goal of making the world more open and connected. We see the HRC’s support as vital in our continued efforts to celebrate all types of diversity and empower our global community.”


Faegre Baker Daniels

Andrew Humphrey, Managing Partner

"The HRC’s Best Place to Work designation affirms Faegre Baker Daniels’ culture of diversity and inclusion and commitment to industry-leading policies and benefits,” Managing Partner Andrew Humphrey said. “Recognition by this leader on LGBT civil rights — particularly alongside many esteemed corporate clients who share our inclusive values — is truly an honor.”


Fenwick & West LLP

Michael Shuster, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Co-chair

“My experience has been that Fenwick really walks-the-walk when it comes to diversity, and I’m proud to be a member of the Fenwick team. Our diversity helps us serve our clients better, but  it’s also a big part of what makes Fenwick unique. I’ve found Fenwick to be a welcoming community where everyone feels they’re given equal opportunities to succeed regardless of race, sexual orientation or gender.”


First Data Corp.

Cindy Armine, Chief Control Officer

“We are proud to be designated as a best place to work for LGBT equality by achieving a perfect score on the 2015 CEI, a significant increase from our score last year. Even more so, we are thrilled to have made so much progress ensure our LGBT community is supported not only in words but by our actions,” said Cindy Armine-Klein, Chief Control Officer at First Data. “At First Data, we believe everyone should embrace bringing ‘their whole selves’ to work. We know that our success lies in building a richly diverse and inclusive workforce.”


Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Susan Johnson, VP, Diversity & Inclusion

"The Hartford is honored to be recognized once again as a top employer for the LGBT community. Maintaining a perfect score on the CEI Index reflects our aspiration to lead by example in developing an inclusive culture that supports and leverages the rich diversity of our workforce."

Terry Bicknese, VP, Strategy & Transformation

“As an LGBT employee and co-lead for GLOBE (The Hartford's GLBT Resource Group), I'm so proud to work for a company that maintains such a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion.  The Hartford is honored to receive this recognition.”

Joseph Coray, VP, Technology & Life Science Practice, International

“This is a great achievement for The Hartford and its employees.  Human Rights Campaign continues to educate and challenge businesses and employers to become Diversity leaders and The Hartford has worked to provide its employees with a safe, diverse and respectful workplace, and supports all its employees with programs, benefits, and community support and outreach at the highest level.  Congratulations to our company, to our employees, and to our Employee Resource Groups, especially GLOBE and its members and allies, who have contributed to this recognition.”


Harvard Pilgrim Health Care

Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO

“We are very pleased to receive this recognition from Human Rights Campaign.  We are focused on ensuring equal, respectful treatment for our staff as well as for our members and their families.  As a health services company, Harvard Pilgrim should reflect the diversity of our members.  We all gain from being part of an inclusive company. 

We believe that health care should not be one size fits all, and as a result, have made inclusion a strategic objective at Harvard Pilgrim.   This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign means a great deal to us because of its affirmation that valuing differences makes us a stronger company.”


JPMorgan Chase

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

“Cultivating an environment at JPMorgan Chase that fosters inclusion and diversity is not only good for our people; it’s good for our business. It is vital that we remain committed to a workplace that reflects the same cultures, beliefs and ideas of our employees and our global client base. We are proud to be recognized for the 13th straight year by the Human Rights Campaign.”


Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants

Mike Depatie, President and CEO

“We’ve long been recognized for offering a spirited, empowering and collaborative workplace such that our employees look forward to going to work every day,” said Mike Depatie, CEO and president at Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants. “Being awarded a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the eleventh year in a row is an honor and testament to our dedication and investment in maintaining a culture of caring and inclusion.”


Medtronic Inc.

Carol Surface, Chief Human Resources Officer

“Medtronic is proud to have earned a 100 percent status on the Corporate Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year. As a global healthcare solutions provider, we are committed to transforming healthcare worldwide. Our employees drive these efforts and it is important for them to be able to be themselves at work. We are committed to fulfilling our 50-year-old mission to recognize the personal worth of each employee.”  - Carol Surface, Medtronic Chief Human Resources Officer


Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp.

Rhonda Crichlow, Vice President & Head, US Diversity & Inclusion

“Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is committed to improving people’s lives by pioneering novel healthcare solutions – which are fueled by creativity, innovation and collaboration. That’s why we aim to embrace all dimensions of diversity – and to create an inclusive, respectful culture for our talented, diverse workforce. I believe our perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) illustrates our commitment to supporting the needs of our LGBT associates, as well as those of the broader LGBT community – represented by the diverse patients, customers and communities we serve.”


Orbitz Worldwide

Barney Hartford, CEO

"Orbitz is honored to receive a perfect Corporate Equality Index score for the eighth consecutive year,” said Barney Harford, CEO of Orbitz Worldwide. “While we are proud of this accomplishment, we look forward to the day when this index is no longer necessary and treating all employees and customers with dignity and respect is the only way to do business."


Paul Hastings LLP

Seth Zachary, Chairman

“The diversity of our people is an integral part of the value we provide to our clients. To us, diversity is not just about doing the right thing. Creating an inclusive work environment that allows our people to be themselves and bring their diverse perspectives to the table is smart business. It allows us to build teams rich in talent, experiences, and creativity, which are all crucial to fostering innovation in our firm. We are honored to receive a 100% rating on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index and to be associated with their campaign for equality for all.”


RBC Wealth Management

John Taft, CEO, RBC Wealth Management - US

“We are honored to receive a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the fifth year,” said John Taft, CEO, RBC Wealth Management - US and executive sponsor of the RBC PRIDE U.S. LGBT employee resource group (ERG). “RBC is committed to creating an inclusive environment for employees; recruiting and retaining top talent that mirrors the communities we serve; and delivering unparalleled client satisfaction by understanding our clients’ unique needs.  By fostering a culture that embraces the values of diversity and inclusion, we will further our position as a global leader.”


Replacements Ltd.

Bob Page, Founder and CEO

“While it’s been a big year for equality, we still have much to do,” says Replacements, Ltd. Founder and CEO Bob Page.  “The LGBT community is small and has too often been used for political purposes to drive a wedge between people and their neighbors.  Business leaders have a really big voice here in America, so for companies to speak out in their support of their LGBT employees and civil rights is really important.  Corporations can create and direct change that positively impacts LGBT people as employees and customers.  That’s why it’s so vital that corporate America continue to push our lawmakers for employment and housing non-discrimination protections that have stalled federally for more than 20 years.  You can still be fired for being gay or lesbian in 29 states, including North Carolina.”


Sidley Austin LLP

Larry Barden, Management Committee chair

“Sidley has long been a committed proponent of diversity in the firm and the wider legal profession,” said Larry Barden, chair of Sidley’s Management Committee. “We have taken major strides to foster a culture that welcomes LGBT lawyers and staff. We’re honored to be continually recognized for that work by HRC.”

“Sidley is proud to support  LGBT individuals and communities both inside and outside the firm. As lawyers, we view it as our responsibility to advocate for equality and fairness,” said Carter Phillips, chair of Sidley’s Executive Committee. “As such, the firm has provided countless hours of pro bono legal work for LGBT causes and is a significant sponsor of community groups and legal organizations fighting for the rights of LGBT individuals and families.”


Starcom MediaVest Group

Laura Desmond, Global Chief Executive Officer

“It is an honor to once again join many of our clients as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ for LGBT Equality. As a company that values diversity, this score is a testament to our people and the culture of inclusion we have cultivated over the years.”


Symantec Corp.

Michael A. Brown, President and CEO

“We’re incredibly proud to earn this distinction for the seventh year in a row,” said Mike Brown, Symantec President and CEO. “Every individual brings a unique perspective that inspires innovation. We’re building a culture that celebrates diversity and inclusion because it drives our success as a business, our ability to serve our customers and partners, and our strength as a team.”


Tesla Motors Inc.

Elon Musk, CEO

“Tesla could not achieve its mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable transport without the efforts of a diverse group of incredibly driven people who are dedicated to that cause. We’re proud to receive this recognition and we will continue to do everything we can to foster workplace equality and ensure that Tesla remains one of the best places in the world to work."



Roger Ferguson, CEO

“Achieving a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the sixth consecutive year is truly an honor,” says Roger Ferguson, CEO, TIAA-CREF. “Our company’s diverse workforce is our greatest asset – because it’s TIAA employees that help make financial well-being possible for millions of customers. Our unwavering commitment to building an inclusive culture that allows everyone to contribute their unique talents enables us to deliver innovative solutions, superior service and outcomes that matter to those we serve.”


Towers Watson

John Haley, CEO

“Towers Watson is honored to be recognized for our commitment to LGBT equality and fairness in the workplace,” said John Haley, CEO of Towers Watson. “We take great pride in developing a diverse workforce and creating an inclusive, empowering environment for all of our associates. It’s an integral part of our core values. This recognition substantiates our culture of respect for our talented and diverse workforce of 15,000 associates worldwide.”

Carl Hess, Managing Director of the Americas

“We are extremely proud to have received this recognition in our first year of submitting to the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index,” said Carl Hess, managing director of the Americas and executive sponsor for Out@TW, Towers Watson’s resource community for LGBT associates and allies. “Our ongoing commitment to inclusion and diversity enables us to create more innovative ideas and solutions for our clients, as well as provide an inspiring environment for our associates. We are honored to be designated as a best place to work for LGBT equality.”



Sumeet Salwan, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, North America

“We are honored to be recognized for the seventh year as a Best Place to Work for LGBT employees. The team is always excited about upholding our 100 percent score on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, but this journey is much larger than a score. For us, it is a testament to our progress on building a truly inclusive workplace where every employee can be themselves and not have to leave anything at the door. We strive to promote diversity as an expression of Unilever’s sustainability mission by creating a win, win world—one where we can truly live our belief that diverse teams perform better.”

Jonathan Atwood, Vice President of Sustainability and Communications, North America and Executive Sponsor of Unilever’s US PRIDE network

“We established the PRIDE network in the US in 2008 so that everyone feels comfortable bringing their whole selves to the workplace. Through the work of PRIDE, providing benefits for domestic partners and spouses and LGBT advocacy amongst our brands—Unilever is showing our commitment to celebrating diversity and respecting everyone for who they are and what they bring.”


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 sixth consecutive year. The deep diversity we’ve built among our more than 130,000 employees means we can better meet the needs of the increasingly multicultural clients, communities and individuals we serve. We’re grateful that HRC has recognized our efforts as we help the 85 million diverse people we serve live healthier lives.”


Visa Inc.

Michael Ross, Executive Vice President, Human Resources

“Our employees are valued for their culture, experiences and skills, all of which contribute to Visa’s success,” said Michael Ross, Visa’s Executive Vice President, Human Resources. “The Human Rights Campaign’s recognition of Visa as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality is a reflection of our company’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace.”


Wells Fargo

Jimmie Paschall, Executive Vice President, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion

“We’re proud to have earned another perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index,” said Jimmie Paschall, Wells Fargo Executive Vice President, Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion. “Throughout our company’s history, we have maintained a longstanding commitment to diversity, and we encourage our team members to value and respect each other for our differences. This recognition is important to us and all of our LGBT team members and allies who are affected by HRC’s tireless work of advocating for equality in Corporate America.”