The Human Rights Campaign has released its 2015 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.
In order to qualify for The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list, a company must offer same-gender partner benefits in states that do not recognize same-gender marriages. In order to qualify for DiversityInc’s Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees list, a company must have a 100 percent ranking on the CEI.
A total of 42 DiversityInc Top 50 companies (84 percent) scored a perfect 100 on the CEIup from 41 (82 percent) last yearand the average CEI score of companies in the Top 50 increased from 97.7 to 98.4. In addition, DiversityInc’s 25 Noteworthy Companies averaged a 97.0 rating with 18 perfect 100 scores, both improvements from 2014 (92.0, 16).
In comparison, 150 of the 306 Fortune 500 companies that submitted a CEI survey (49 percent) scored a perfect 100, with an average score of 86.
The DiversityInc Top 50 companies scoring a 100 were:
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation (No. 1)
Sodexo (No. 2)
EY (No. 3)
Kaiser Permanente (No. 4)
PricewaterhouseCoopers (No. 5)
MasterCard (No. 6)
Procter & Gamble (No. 7)
Prudential Financial (No. 8)
Johnson & Johnson (No. 9)
AT&T (No. 10)
Deloitte (No. 11)
Accenture (No. 12)
Merck & Co. (No. 14)
Cummins (No. 15)
Marriott International (No. 16)
Wells Fargo (No. 17)
Aetna (No. 19)
General Mills (No. 20)
KPMG (No. 21)
Target (No. 22)
IBM (No. 23)
ADP (No. 24)
New York Life (No. 25)
BASF (No. 26)
Eli Lilly and Company (No. 27)
Northrop Grumman (No. 28)
WellPoint (No. 29)
Kellogg Company (No. 31)
Dell (No. 32)
The Walt Disney Company (No. 34)
Kraft Foods Group (No. 35)
TIAA-CREF (No. 36)
Toyota Motor North America (No. 38)
Wyndham Worldwide (No. 39)
Medtronic (No. 41)
Time Warner (No. 42)
Comcast (No. 44)
TD Bank (No. 45)
Monsanto (No. 46)
KeyCorp (No. 47)
Nielsen (No. 50)
DiversityInc 25 Noteworthy Companies scoring a 100 were:
The Hartford Financial Services Group
MassMutual Financial Group
Nissan North America
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 LGBT 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, a record 366 businesses achieved a 100 percent rating, up from 304 a year ago.