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Nov. 10 - HRC Scores Georgia Companies’ LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies in New Corporate Equality Index

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November 10, 2017 - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, recently announced a record number of the nation’s major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world, according to the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual report assessing LGBTQ inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 23 in Georgia.

This year, a record-breaking 609 businesses earned the CEI’s top score of 100, up from 517 last year -- a single-year increase of 18 percent. This record sets a new high water mark for corporate leadership over the 15-year history of the CEI.

In total, 947 companies and law firms were officially rated in the new CEI, up from 887 in last year’s. The report also unofficially rated 137 Fortune 500 companies, which have yet to respond to an invitation to participate in the CEI survey assessing their LGBTQ policies and practices. The average score for companies and law firms based in Georgia is 89 percent. Of the 23 companies ranked, 16 earned 100 points, one earned 90 points and above, and one earned 80 points and above.

“At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores. In addition, many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the 106 corporate supporters of the Equality Act. We are proud to have developed so many strong partnerships with corporate allies who see LGBTQ equality as a crucial issue for our country and for their businesses.”

Employer Name

City

Score

Delta Air Lines Inc.

Atlanta

100

Chamberlin Edmonds & Associates Inc.

Atlanta

40

Invesco Ltd.

Atlanta

75

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Atlanta

100

First Data Corp.

Atlanta

100

SunTrust Banks Inc.

Atlanta

100

NCR Corp.

Duluth

100

Southern Co.

Atlanta

100

Cox Enterprises Inc.

Atlanta

90

Coca-Cola Co., The

Atlanta

100

InterContinental Hotels Group Americas

Atlanta

100

Aflac Inc.

Columbus

85

Alston & Bird LLP

Atlanta

100

Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP

Atlanta

100

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Atlanta

100

King & Spalding LLP

Atlanta

100

Morris, Manning & Martin LLP

Atlanta

100

Troutman Sanders LLP

Atlanta

100

United Parcel Service Inc.

Atlanta

100

Mohawk Industries Inc.

Calhoun

35

WestRock

Norcross

70

Home Depot Inc., The

Atlanta

100

EarthLink Inc.

Atlanta

40

Key national findings revealed in the 2018 CEI:

  • 609 companies earned a perfect 100 points, up from 517 in the 2017 report;
  • Gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 83 percent of Fortune 500 companies, up from just 3 percent in 2002;
  •  459 major employers have adopted supportive inclusion guidelines for transgender workers who are transitioning;
  • 137 Fortune 500 companies were given unofficial scores based on publicly available information.

The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Employment benefits
  • Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion
  • Public commitment to LGBTQ equality
  • Responsible citizenship

The full report, including a searchable employer database is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

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