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1 Dec 2011

Author:
Human Rights Campaign Foundation

[PDF] Corporate Equality Index 2012; Rating American Workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality

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...[T]he Corporate Equality Index [CEI] represents [how] corporate America...prioritize[s] the protection, recruitment and retention of LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender] employees...[S]uccessful U.S. businesses have proven...that LGBT workplace equality is good for business. In the first year...13 businesses achieved a top score of 100 percent. Now...[with] the New CEI criteria,190 businesses achieved...100 percent. In its debut year...workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation, domestic partner health care benefits and some internal inclusion practices were becoming more common but transgender inclusion lagged. Serving as a road map...the CEI report enumerated the best practices...The CEI standards...shifted the way the largest U.S. businesses have incorporated transgender protections and benefit...[Report raises concerns about policies and/or alleged actions of ExxonMobil, Verizon, Foley & Lardner LLP and rates 319 other companies on their LGBT policies. Includes responses from ExxonMobil, Verizon. Business & Human Rights Resource Centre invited Foley & Lardner LLP to respond but it did not.]