Where are the best places to work for LGBTQ equality?
Since 2002, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has been finding out. The HRC rates Fortune-ranked companies across America on their policies for their LGBTQ employees in their Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
The 17th-annual report found that 572 businesses earned a perfect 100 score for their policies, and that 97% of companies had explicit gender-identity non-discrimination protections. Compare that to the HRC’s first report from 2002, when the rate was 5%. Since then, the sheer number of companies reporting their policies has grown as well, from 319 in 2002 to 1,028 in 2019.
The companies that scored perfectly on HRC’s CEI had the following policies in place, as noted in the report:
1) Prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation for all operations
2) Prohibit discrimination based on gender identity for all operations
3) Equivalency in same- and different-sex spousal medical and soft benefits
4) Equivalency in same- and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits
5) Equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care
6) Three LGBTQ internal training and education best practices
7) Employee group or diversity council
8) Three distinct efforts of outreach or engagement to broader LGBTQ community, and if supplier diversity program is in place, must include LGBTQ suppliers
9) Contractor/supplier non-discrimination standards and philanthropic giving guidelines
Of the Fortune Top 20 businesses, 13 scored 100. Only one declined to report their policies: Berkshire Hathaway in Omaha, Nebraska.
The following companies are by no means the best of the best for LGBTQ employees (there are 559 other companies to choose from), but of the Fortune 20, these 13 earned a perfect score.