This year has seen record-breaking numbers of companies stepping up with policies protecting LGBTQ rights and equality in the workplace. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, has just released its annual Corporate Equality Index.
Launched in 2002, the Index gauges LGBT-inclusive practices at Fortune 500 companies, such as non-discriminatory policies and same-sex partner benefits packages for LGBTQ employees. Other indicators taken into consideration include whether the companies have global non-discrimination policies, emphasizing the importance of promoting equality through international corporate branches.
This year, 517 businesses out of the 887 assessed earned a top score of 100, and with it the title of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Many such companies in the travel industry include American Airlines, Airbnb, Expedia, Hilton Worldwide, and Marriott International.
The 517 top companies is a huge jump by over 25% compared to last year, indicating not only increased inclusiveness of the LGBT community, but of the transgender community in particular. Just this year, 68 companies joined HRC in filing an amicus brief to oppose North Carolina’s HB2 law, and over 200 business leaders signed an open letter to the state’s Governor and General Assembly, urging them to repeal the law.
HRC President Chad Griffin said: “Even in the face of relentless attempts to undermine equality, America’s leading companies and law firms remain steadfast and committed to supporting and defending the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people. The unprecedented expansion of inclusive workplaces across the country and around the globe not only reflects our progress, it helps drive it.” Read the full report here!