The LGBTQ+ community once again has a friend and ally in the White House, but equally important is the increasing number of friends and allies we have in the business community. The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) recently released their Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2021 and the news is good. A recordbreaking 767 businesses met all the criteria to earn a 100% rating and the designation of being a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” Locally, more Massachusetts businesses earned that distinction as well.
The index, started in 2002, serves as a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees and serves as a driving force for LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion. There are three key pillars to the index rating that focus on: (1) non-discrimination policies across business entities, (2) equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families and (3) supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.
Forty-eight (48) companies in Massachusetts earned a 100% score from the HRC CEI 2021. This represents a 20% increase from the 2020 index when only 40 companies in Massachusetts earned a perfect score.
For details about the CEI or to download the full report visit: Corporate Equality Index 2021.