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Corporate Equality Index 2017

Author: Human Rights Campaign, Published on: 5 December 2016

...In this 15th edition of the Corporate Equality Index we have seen the largest increase in top-rated businesses in the history of our survey...The most significant progress in the CEI has been the wide-scale adoption of transgender inclusive initiatives across businesses.

  • A full 82 percent of the Fortune 500 have gender identity protections enumerated in their non-discrimination policies and 96 percent of the entire CEI universe of businesses offer explicit gender identity non-discrimination protections in the U.S.
  • Fifty percent of the Fortune 500 and nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of the CEI universe of businesses offer transgender-inclusive health care coverage, up from 0 in 2002 and over six times as many businesses as five years ago. With 136 new employers offering this coverage in the 2017 report, this represents the greatest increase in a single year of employers offering transgender-inclusive health care benefits.
  • A majority of CEI-rated businesses (86 percent) offer education and training programs that specifically include definitions and/ or scenarios on gender identity in the workplace; and,
  • Nearly four-hundred (387) major businesses have adopted gender transition guidelines for employees and their teams to establish best practices in transgender inclusion...

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