Corporate Equality Index

The Human Rights Campaign maintains an annual Corporate Equality Index, in which companies are rated based on their policies and practices towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. And it’s becoming increasingly clear that some of the most successful companies in the world have made it a priority to demonstrate the kind of behavior that leads to a high score.

Below is an intriguing view of the Fortune 100 top companies in the United States, and their corresponding HRC CEI rating. It’s definitely worth a look.

If that image is a little small, you can try going to the original website where I found it.

What’s interesting to me is how many of the Fortune 100 companies have very high (if not 100%) Corporate Equality Index ratings. The “chicken or the egg” debate comes to mind… Are these companies so successful in part because of their policies of diversity and inclusion towards employees? Certainly I wouldn’t attribute their success solely to their LGBT inclusion, but the sort of company that takes a strong stance for its LGBT employees is almost certainly making many facets of diversity a priority.

Or, as more cynical people might say, are these companies just better able to afford going the extra mile to treat their employees well, because they’re so successful? In other words, is diversity and inclusion an enabler for successful companies, or is it a “nice to have” if you can afford it?

I’d be interested in seeing some scientific study on the subject… but for the time being, I’ll simply say that I’m delighted that my employer is part of the Fortune 100 (very high on the list, in fact) and has maintained a 100% HRC CEI score for years now. We can debate chicken or egg, but I’m just glad to be a part of both.

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