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Corporate Equality Index: 2016 Statements from Employers that Rated 100 Percent

Filed under: Workplace


Peter Kraus, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

"We are honored to have received a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. This award reflects our deep commitment to the LGBT community, our LGBT employees and to fostering an inclusive work environment that embraces all backgrounds and truly reflects the diversity of our clients and communities.”

Adidas North America Inc.

Mark King, President

“The number one thing that makes a great company are great people. We have a genuine care for our people and foster an environment of innovative thinking, collaboration and inclusivity to lead change for our industry. Sports are a platform for mutual respect and we use that same theme to create a workplace full of diverse and positive energy.”


Mark Levy, Global Head of Employee Experience 

"At Airbnb our mission to create a world where all 7 billion of us can belong anywhere, and we strive every day to create a workplace where every employee feels they can belong. We’re honored to be listed among HRC’s Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality and we’re committed to building a future where all people feel welcomed and respected for who they are -- in our workplace and all around the world."

Akerman LLP 

Andrew Smulian, Chairman and CEO.

"At Akerman, we know that a diversity of ideas and experiences are essential to our culture of collaborative innovation and our continuing efforts to deliver an exceptional experience to our people, our clients and our communities. We are intensely focused on recruiting and retaining gifted lawyers and staff from all backgrounds and cultivating an environment that reflects the values and priorities of our firm."

American Express Global Business Travel

JoAnne Kruse, Chief Human Resources Officer

“As a leading travel management company servicing customers and travelers from around the world, we understand the importance of developing and fostering an inclusive and diverse culture.  We recognize that a mix of backgrounds, opinions and talents enriches our company and helps us better deliver on our commitments to our stakeholders.  We strive to maintain the great experience of an inclusive workplace where employee differences, such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability, are valued and leveraged for individual, business and organizational success.”

“We are proud to have recently launched a new LGBTQ Network Group, allowing our employees whom identify as LGBTQ to network with their local and international colleagues. Externally, GBT also supports the engagement of diverse suppliers on an equal basis with other suppliers.”

Aramark Corp.

Ash Hanson, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

“We are extremely proud to be recognized again this year by the Human Rights Campaign.  With 270,000 associates around the world, creating a workplace culture of equality and inclusion is critical, and core to our mission of delivering experiences that enrich and nourish lives.”

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Michael A. Chivell, Managing Partner

“As this is a firm-wide honor, I want to congratulate our Diversity Committee, chaired by partner Jovita Foster, and everyone who has helped make this honor possible. At Armstrong Teasdale, we view diversity and inclusion as integral parts of the firm’s mission of providing first-rate legal counsel and excellent client service.”

Jovita Foster, Partner and Chair of  Diversity Committee

“As an employment and labor attorney, I’m really pleased to be among such a great group of employers that are championing diversity initiatives in the workplace. I’m proud of the work our firm leadership has done to make this a priority and continue to encourage our attorneys to get involved with local affinity groups and initiatives.”

Astellas Pharma US Inc.

Linda Friedman, Senior Vice President and General Counsel

“Astellas is making a strong effort, through its benefits, programming, and advocacy, to become a leading corporate supporter of the LGBTQ community. We are proud to receive a perfect score for the second year in a row and will continue to explore new ways to further expand our support of the LGBTQ community in a wide range of different areas.”

Baker & McKenzie LLP

Eduardo Leite, Chairman of the Executive Committee

“We are honored that the Human Rights Campaign has once again recognized our firm’s commitment to diversity and inclusion as well as to the LGBT community.  We are pleased to be recognized along with so many of our clients, and proud of our shared commitment to fostering an inclusive workplace.  Diversity is a cornerstone of our global organization’s culture and we firmly believe an inclusive workplace allows us to provide clients true insight and exceptional service. ”

Caesars Entertainment Corp.

Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President of Communications, Government Relations & Corporate Responsibility

“While 2015 will be remembered as the year ‘love won,’ we still need legislation that supports the rights of the LGBT community, including the Equality Act, which will protect all Americans from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Caesars is actively leading the change we want to see, which contributes to our deep appreciation of the recognition from the Human Rights Campaign. We will continue to champion diversity and equal rights throughout our organization and beyond our walls.” 

Capital One Financial Corp. 

Lane Hopkins, Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity Officer

“From the outset, Capital One has worked to build an inclusive, open environment designed to help all of our associates be their best selves. Diverse experiences and perspectives strengthen and sustain who we are as a company, empowering associates and fostering innovative thinking and bold new ideas. We are honored once again to have earned a 100% score on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index and the distinction as one of the ‘Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.’"

CEB Inc.

Warren Thune, Group President

“CEB is honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as a 100 point scorer on the Corporate Equality Index and one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. Today, we stand with many of our client companies in an ongoing effort to affect real change in the workplace.  Although 2015 saw great progress towards equality, we are reminded regularly that more work needs to be done.  I’m proud of the collaborative effort of CEBers around the world to achieve this great milestone and look forward to working toward full equality in our communities.”

Comcast NBCUniversal

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

“I am extremely proud of this recognition and of Comcast NBCUniversal’s dedication to a respectful, inclusive and equal workplace for all.  We are committed to creating a best-in-class model for diversity and inclusion and are honored to be an employer of choice for the LGBT community.”

Covington & Burling LLP

Tim Hester, Chair

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for creating an inclusive workplace for everyone. Receiving a perfect score for eight years reflects our long-standing commitment to promote and protect the rights and interests of the LGBT community.”

Cummins Inc.

Tom Linebarger, Chairman and CEO

“At Cummins, we have a long legacy of embracing the opportunities created by a diverse organization. We believe that by embracing diversity we can attract and retain the best talent and ultimately compete more effectively in the marketplace.”

Eastern Bank Corp.

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

“Eastern Bank is honored to be nationally recognized again as a best place to work for LGBT equality. We are deeply committed to ensuring Eastern is a welcoming and inclusive workplace where all employees – regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression – can bring their whole self to work.  The strength of our team rests in our ability to ensure that everyone can contribute their best work.  Eastern is a leader in advocating for equal rights for people who are Transgender, and committed to continuing to advocate for just and supportive public policy.”

Facebook Inc.

Lori Goler, Facebook VP of People

“Facebook is a vocal supporter of equality and inclusion, which we believe is essential to helping us achieve our mission of making the world more open and connected. We are honored to receive a perfect score of 100 on the HRC Corporate Equality Index as an indication of our inclusive employee benefits, non-discrimination practices and policies.”

The Hartford Financial Services Group Inc.

Marty Gervasi, Head of Human Resources

“The Hartford is honored to be recognized as a top workplace for the LGBT community.  We know that a culture that values diversity and cultivates an inclusive work environment improves the experience of our employees and helps us better serve our customers and business partners.”

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc.

Eric H. Schultz, President and CEO

“Being recognized as a Best Place to Work by the Human Rights Campaign is extremely meaningful to us at Harvard Pilgrim. We work hard every day to be an inclusive organization and the Corporate Equality Index helps us know if we are achieving our goals to address the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities.  We are thrilled to receive a score of 100% for the fourth consecutive year.”

The Hershey Co.

Kevin Walling, Chief Human Resources Officer

“We are thrilled with the company’s ranking of 100 percent on the 2016 HRC Corporate Equality Index. We believe diversity leads to greater collaboration and better results. Having a diverse workforce allows us to innovate, evolve and continuously deliver better experiences for our customers. Our 2016 CEI ranking is a visible reflection of our commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Mary Callahan Erdoes, CEO of JPMorgan Chase’s Asset Management

“We’re proud to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for a 14th straight year. This honor recognizes JPMorgan Chase’s longstanding support of the LGBT community. By fostering a diverse and inclusive environment in our firm, we can approach challenges and opportunities with myriad viewpoints, enabling us to best serve our global client base.”

Level 3 Communications Inc.

Mary Beth McGrath, Vice President of Global Talent Management

“From our inception in 1999, Level 3 has honored LGBT employees and their families by offering benefits that meet their healthcare, family planning and financial needs. The HRC Equality Index Survey allows us to showcase our company culture and continue the conversation around diversity and inclusion. We take pride in our score of 100 because it reflects our genuine commitment to support employees regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.”

PayPal Holdings Inc.

Marcia Morales-Jaffe, Chief People Officer

"At PayPal we are committed to advancing, cultivating and preserving a culture of inclusion and diversity because it makes us a stronger, more successful company, and because it is the right thing to do. We are honored to be listed as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality, as we work towards creating a more inclusive environment inside and outside of our company. We must always strive to foster an environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives are cultivated to create impact.” 


Michelle Sterling, EVP of Human Resources

“We are honored and very proud of having achieved a score of 100 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index for three consecutive years. Qualcomm is stronger because of our inclusive work environment where employees see one another’s uniqueness as assets and strengths. Embracing diversity is not just the right thing to do, it makes business sense. Our policies and practices reflect this commitment, and we are delighted to be recognized for these efforts by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).”

RBC Capital Markets LLC

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

“RBC is honored to receive the highest rating for the sixth year, underscoring our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion. We remain deeply committed to standing by our LGBT employees and their families for equality in the workplace.”

RBC Wealth Management

John Taft, CEO – U.S.

“This perfect 100 percent rating from the Human Rights Campaign for the sixth year reflects how strongly RBC values the diversity of its workforce.  We don’t just say we value diversity; we take significant steps to incorporate diversity and inclusion into our corporate culture and the way we do business. This award is proof of that commitment.”

Replacements Ltd.

Bob Page, Founder and CEO

“I never thought in a million years I’d be able to marry Dale and, with our 16-year old twin sons, be recognized as a legal family. As a result of the Supreme Court’s decision in June, now all employees with same-sex spouses and their families have access to workplace benefits that we established years ago here at Replacements. Unfortunately, we’ve still got a lot of work ahead of us; the recent rejection of an LGBT equality measure in Houston means we’ve got to continue showing that hard-working LGBT Americans make major contributions to workplaces and our economy. I’m lucky to live in a city like Greensboro, North Carolina; earlier this year, it passed fair housing laws protecting the LGBT community, along with protections in city employment and services. But far too many counties, towns, cities and states lag behind major American employers in protecting LGBT people and their families.  People should be treated fairly, no matter where they work and live. 

Rockland Trust

Christopher Oddleifson, President and CEO

“We are honored to be recognized for our commitment to embracing the rich diversity of our colleagues, customers, and communities. At Rockland Trust we believe in creating an inclusive environment that respects all individuals and values their relationships with us.”

Sedgwick LLP

James Holmes, Partner

“Sedgwick is pleased to have received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index for the eighth consecutive year, an accomplishment we celebrate as an affirmation of the firm's continuous efforts to embrace and improve inclusion and diversity in the workplace. Sedgwick is a proud advocate of inclusion and diversity on behalf of all of our employees, including our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and we continuously see the reward of that commitment in the many strengths, experiences and perspectives that our employees bring to the table on behalf of our clients. We are grateful to HRC for its review of our firm and for its leadership in promoting equal rights in the workplace.”

Shearman & Sterling LLP

Creighton Condon, Senior Partner

“We are honored to earn a perfect score on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index as a ‘Top Law Firm’ and ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.’ It means a great deal to us that our proactive efforts and sustained commitment to providing a diverse and inclusive workplace have been recognized by the HRC for the 7th consecutive year. We are excited by this recognition and inspired as we continue to chart a course of inclusion throughout our organization – creating a firm culture that is energizing, innovative and open.”


Roger Ferguson, President & CEO
“At TIAA-CREF, our unique mission, values and culture make us a different kind of financial services company. We are proud of the diverse talents and perspectives that can be found across our workforce.  That rich diversity makes us stronger as we deliver award-winning performance to help the millions of people we serve to achieve financial well-being.  While we know that building an inclusive culture is a journey that never really ends, we are honored to achieve a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the seventh consecutive year.”


Michael Ross, EVP of Human Resources

"Visa’s promise of being a brand for everyone, everywhere starts right here with our employees.  The HRC’s recognition of Visa as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality reflects our commitment to be the inclusive brand for all.”

The WhiteWave Foods Co.

Tommy Zanetich, EVP of Human Resources

“One of the core values at WhiteWave Foods is that Individuals Matter. Receiving a score of 100 in our inaugural year of participating in the Corporate Equality Index reinforces our commitment to not only change how the world eats for the better, but to change the world for the better, building on our history and heritage as a company that conducts business in a way that is good for both people and the planet.”