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.

CEI Criteria

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.

You can read the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index by visiting their website.


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