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USA: Corporate Equality Index ranks 583 firms on treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender employees, consumers, investors

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2 September 2008

Number of Companies with Top Rating for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Workers Jumps by One-Third [USA]

Author: Human Rights Campaign [USA]

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation today released the seventh annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates 583 businesses on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The 2009 edition of the CEI reports 259 businesses achieved a perfect score, a one-third increase over last year when the number was 195…[refers to Shell, Cardinal]

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31 August 2008

[PDF] [full report] Corporate Equality Index - A Report Card on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Equality in Corporate America

Author: Human Rights Campaign [USA]

Several industries saw improvement in both the average rating and the number of top-rated businesses: airlines; computer hardware and office equipment; food, beverages and groceries; insurance; law firms; and, retail and consumer products... Of the 35 industries represented on the HRC Foundation Corporate Equality Index, five have no top-rated companies: engineering and construction; forest and paper products; mining and metals; residential real estate; and waste management. [Lists 259 companies with perfect score and 304 others. Four businesses with improvements of at least 50 percentage points: American International Group (AIG), Bayer, Nestle Purina PetCare (part of Nestlé), Omnicom. Two companies continued to receive a rating of zero out of 100: ExxonMobil and Perot Systems. Two other companies opposed shareholder resolutions to amend their non-discrimination policies to include gender identity: Verizon and Wal-Mart.]

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