From 2002 to 2005, the first HRC Corporate Equality Index rated employers on seven criteria that remain the basis for today's criteria. The original criteria were guided in part by the Equality Principles, 10 touch points for businesses demonstrating their commitment to equal treatment of employees, consumers and investors, irrespective of their sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. Just 13 businesses received perfect ratings in 2002; by 2005, more than 100 businesses had achieved perfect ratings.
Criteria 1.0 (100 total points possible, all criteria weighted equally)
- Has a written non-discrimination policy covering sexual orientation in its employee handbook or manual.
- Has a written non-discrimination policy covering gender identity and/or expression in its employee handbook or manual.
- Offers health insurance coverage to employees' samesex domestic partners.
- Officially recognizes and supports a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employee resource group or council or has a business policy that gives employee groups equal standing regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Offers diversity training that includes sexual orientation and/or gender expression in the workplace.
- Engages in respectful and appropriate marketing to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer community and/or provides support through its corporate foundation or otherwise to LGBTQ or AIDS-related organizations or events.
- Employer does not engage in corporate action that would undermine the goal of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people.