by Melanie Hunter CNSnews:
The Human Rights Campaign released its Corporate Equality Index 2017 this week, which assesses LGBT-inclusive policies and practices at Fortune 500 companies, and 517 of the 887 companies and firms it evaluated scored a 100 percent rating.
“This year, a record-breaking 517 businesses earned the CEI’s top score of 100, up from 407 last year. That’s a single-year increase of more than 25 percent — the largest jump in the 15-year history of the nation’s premiere benchmarking tool for LGBT workplace equality,” the HRC stated on its website.
“Leadership demonstrated by these businesses, including speaking out against discriminatory laws like North Carolina’s HB2, reflect more than a decade of work inside these companies to expand LGBT, and particularly transgender, workplace equality,” it added.
The index rates companies on five categories: non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBT equality, and responsible citizenship.
Of the 887 companies and firms that were rated by HRC, 93 percent “had adopted sexual orientation equal employment policies for U.S. and global operations,” and “92 percent had gender identity equal employment policies for U.S. and global operations.”
Also, 98 percent of companies rated provided “same-sex domestic partner or spousal benefits.”
Furthermore, 73 percent offered “transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage, up from 60 percent from last year, the largest single year increase in trans-inclusive health benefits since the coverage was added to the CEI.”
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