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41 DiversityInc Top 50 Companies Score a 100 in HRC’s Corporate Equality Index

By Chris Hoenig & Barbara Frankel

Top 50 companies do well in the HRC's annual CEI.The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which measures LGBT-inclusive policies among some of the nation’s largest employers using credible, fact-based criteria.

DiversityInc Top 50 companies continue to outperform previous years and the Fortune 500 average on the CEI.

LGBT equality is a critical component in compiling the DiversityInc Top 50. No company can be in the Top 50 if it does not offer same-gender domestic-partner benefits. The CEI rating is factored into the DiversityInc Top 50 scoring and a 100 percent CEI rating is one of the requirements to earn a spot on the DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees list.

A total of 41 DiversityInc Top 50 companies (82 percent) scored a perfect 100—up from 38 (76 percent) last year—and the average CEI score of all 50 increased from 96.8 last year to 97.7. In addition, DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies averaged a 92.0 rating, with 16 perfect 100 scores.

The DiversityInc Top 50 companies scoring a 100 were:

Sodexo (No. 1)
PricewaterhouseCoopers (No. 2)
Kaiser Permanente (No. 3)
EY (No. 4)
MasterCard Worldwide (No. 5)
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (No. 6)
Procter & Gamble (No. 7)
Prudential Financial (No. 8)
Accenture (No. 9)
Johnson & Johnson (No. 10)
Deloitte (No. 11)
Merck & Co. (No. 12)
AT&T (No. 13)
Cummins (No. 15)
Marriott International (No. 16)
Medtronic (No. 17)
Kraft Foods (No. 18)
Aetna (No. 19)
Target (No. 20)
KPMG (No. 23)
IBM (No. 24)
Wells Fargo (No. 25)
General Mills (No. 26)
ADP (No. 27)
Pfizer (No. 28)
BASF (No. 31)
Kellogg Company (No. 32)
Time Warner (No. 33)
Eli Lilly & Co. (No. 35)
Dell (No. 37)
The Coca-Cola Company (No. 38)
The Walt Disney Company (No. 39)
TIAA-CREF (No. 41)
Monsanto (No. 42)
TD Bank (No. 43)
Microsoft (No. 44)
Bristol-Meyers Squibb (No. 45)
Wyndham Worldwide (No. 46)
Verizon Communications (No. 47)
Toyota Motor North America (No. 48)
Comcast (No. 49)

DiversityInc 25 Noteworthy Companies scoring a 100 were:

AXA Equitable
Boehringer Ingelheim
Booz Allen Hamilton
Brown-Forman
Capital One
Chrysler Group
Dow Chemical
General Motors
The Hartford Financial Services
Hilton Worldwide
KeyCorp
Lockheed Martin
MassMutual
Sprint
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide
Time Warner Cable

In order to earn a perfect 100 rating and a designation as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” companies must:

• Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation (15 points);
• Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity or expression (15 points);
• Offer partner health/medical insurance (15 points);
• Have parity across other “soft” benefits for partners (10 points, half-credit possible);
• Offer transgender-inclusive health-insurance coverage (10 points);
• Have firm-wide organizational competency programs (10 points);
• Have employer-supported Employee Resource Group (ERG) OR firm-wide Diversity Council (10 points, half-credit if the company would support an ERG if employees express interest);
• Positively engage the external LGBT community (15 points, partial credit given for fewer than three efforts).

In addition, companies have 25 points deducted from their score if a large-scale official or public anti-LGBT “blemish” appears on their recent record.

In all, 304 businesses achieved a 100 percent rating.

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