Corporate Equality Index by the Numbers: A Decade of Progress The past decade of the Corporate Equality Index represents enormous change in the ways corporate America has prioritized the protection, recruitment and retention of LGBT employees. The largest and most successful U.S. businesses have proven— across industry and geography — that LGBT workplace equality is good for business. In the first year of the CEI a decade ago, 13 businesses achieved a top score of 100 percent. Now, in this first year of businesses being evaluated by the New CEI criteria, 190 businesses achieved a top rating of 100 percent.
In its debut year in which 319 participants were rated, the CEI noted that most of the largest U.S. employers fell within the middle of the ratings bell curve: workplace protections on the basis of sexual orientation, domestic partner health care benefits and some internal inclusion practices were becoming more common but transgender inclusion lagged. Serving as a road map for businesses trying to earn a perfect rating, the CEI report enumerated the best practices for ideal employers among the LGBT community. Now in its 10th year, the CEI has moved the needle of change for previously average-rated employers, with a majority of the 636 participating employers this year ranking above 80 percent. The CEI paved the way for early industry leaders in LGBT workplace inclusion to inspire rapid change among competitors. In the 2006 CEI, the HRC Foundation surveyed the American Lawyer 200, a listing of the 200 largest law firms in the country, for the first time, bringing participation from seven firms to 29. Over 130 of the top 200 law firms now participate in the CEI, and the opportunity for firms to rank as best in class for LGBT workplace inclusion drove them to become the most represented industry among the 100 percent-rated participants, with 55 law firms reaching this top tier in 2012. Year after year, participants have successfully used the CEI guideposts and HRC Foundation staff as resources to push themselves towards the gold standards captured by the CEI criteria. The CEI standards have most dramatically shifted the way the largest U.S. businesses have incorporated transgender protections and benefits in the workplace. In 2002, only 5 percent of participants included “gender identity” in their non-discrimination policy. Today, 80 percent of participants have implementing this basic, yet crucial, protection for employees. Fortune 500
Sexual Orientation in Non-Discrimination Policy
Gender Identity in Non-Discrimination Policy
Even among non-participants, the CEI has helped create market norms where LGBT workplace equality is essential to staying relevant among competitors. The evolution of workplace protections among the Fortune 500 in the past decade reflects the progress seen among participating companies in the CEI, further demonstrating the improved landscape in which LGBT employees now work.
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Published on Dec 7, 2011
Published on Dec 7, 2011
The Human Rights Campaign’s 2012 Corporate Equality Index chronicles a decade of progress in workplace equality. 2012 marks the first year...