The Human Rights Campaign releases the annual Corporate Equality Index report. The report starts off on a somber note as President Chad Griffin outlines how the highest levels of government have assaulted fundamental rights of the LGBTQ community.
Here are additional takeaways of the research:
- A record-breaking 609 employers earned perfect 100 scores.
- 750 employers offer transgender-inclusive health care coverage, which is up from 657 last year. This also includes 58 percent of the Fortune 500-ranked businesses.
- Of the reporting employers, 98 percent extend sexual orientation and gender identity-based workplace protections throughout their international operations.
- In 2018, 91% of Fortune 500 employers had sexual orientation listed in the non-discrimination policy.
- In 2018, 83% of Fortune 500 employers had gender identity in non-discrimination policy.
2018 Corporate Equality Index Methodology
The CEI invites Fortune Magazine’s 1,000 largest publically traded businesses and American Lawyer Magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms to participate. For this year’s survey, 2,205 companies received the survey and 776 submitted surveys. 947 companies were officially rated.
In addition to a survey sent to companies, the CEI collects policies and practices of rated businesses to fill out ranking data.
The scoring rubric for the CEI survey includes the following categories:
- Equality employment opportunity policy that includes sexual orientation for all operations; gender identity for all operations; and contractor/vendor standards that include sexual orientation and gender identity.
- Employment benefits that include equivalent spousal and partner benefits; soft benefits that achieve parity between employer-sponsored benefits for opposite-sex spouses and same-sex partner or spouses; transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage.
- Organizational LGBTQ competency
- A public commitment that includes LGBTQ specific efforts in recruiting, supplier diversity, marketing or advertising, philanthropy or public support, etc.; Corporate giving guidelines that prevent philanthropic giving to non-religious organizations that have a written policy of discrimination.