USA: Record number of companies rated in Human Rights Campaign 2011 Corporate Equality index on workplace LGBT equality practices

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4 October 2010

Workplace Equality Takes Center Stage with Record Number of Companies Rated in HRC’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index

Author: Human Rights Campaign

A record 844 American companies and law firms have been rated as part of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a survey that assesses American workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. For the first time this year, all Fortune 500 companies, including those that did not voluntary participate, are scored on their workplace practices...Notable non-responders include well known brands such as Pottery Barn and West Elm (both part of Williams-Sonoma Inc.), Bed Bath & Beyond, Dillard’s, PetSmart, Western Union [part of First data], Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Winn-Dixie Stores Inc., Tyson Foods, AFLAC, Foot Locker, DirecTV and News Corporation...[also refers to 3M, AT&T, Best Buy, Coca-Cola, Google, Target]

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1 October 2010

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

Author: Human Rights Campaign

Marking its ninth edition, the Corporate Equality Index 2011: Rating American Workplaces on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trangender Equality provides us with a chance to see what we have accomplished and to pinpoint the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. In nine years, the CEI has helped lead a sea-change in workplaces across the country...This year, even with the struggling economy, 477 companies actively participated in the system that will rate them on more than 40 specific policies and practices covering nearly every aspect of employment for LGBT workers – from pension benefits to gender transition guidelines to supplier diversity...A total of 615 businesses were rated this year. The average rating across the entire index was 87 percent, compared to 86 percent last year. Twelve businesses’ ratings improved by at least 30 points with four of these businesses achieving a 100 percent rating...

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