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criterion 3a / 3b

Organizational Competency Criterion 3a

Competency training, resources or accountability measures



of CEI-rated employers offer a robust set of practices (at least three efforts) to support organizational LGBT diversity competency.

Diversity Training Programs

Diversity training programs are important mediums through which an employer elaborates on its expectations of fair treatment to its employees and opportunities to clearly state their individual business case for diversity and inclusion. Trainings may be in-person or web-based modules; credit is given to employers that include definitions or scenarios of how “sexual orientation” and “gender identity or expression” are included in the employer’s non-discrimination policy as discrete subjects within broader training or as standalone training. While some employers meet this requirement with basic new-hire training, others have developed fully integrated diversity and inclusion programs that combine lessons on diversity with other trainings that are skills or policy-based. For example, a training focused on the professional development of new managers may cover a range of topics including job-related software skills, ethics training, and organizational values with respect to promoting diversity and inclusion. Fifty-one percent of this year’s rated businesses indicated that they offer such integrated training programs. Another growing trend in organizational competency is around senior leadership performance evaluations that include diversity and inclusion efforts. Eighteen percent of CEI-rated employers allow senior leaders to submit LGBT-focused diversity efforts as part of their annual review of overall leadership on diversity and inclusion goals.

Gender Transition Guidelines

A record 208 major employers submitted gender transition guidelines — the vast majority of which were adopted from the HRC Foundation’s template guidelines (available at workplace) which are a tool for human resources and managers to understand the needs of transitioning employees along with their co-workers and/or clients. From tips on how to have respectful and informative conversations about the topic of transitioning in the workplace to the administrative changes to one’s personnel and workplace documents, these guidelines clearly delineate responsibilities and expectations of transitioning employees, their supervisors, colleagues and other staff.

90 115 141 172 208

The number of major employers with gender transition guidelines


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Corporate Equality Index 2012  

The Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index chronicles a decade of progress in workplace equality. 2012 marks the first year...