|The New Normal|
|News Releases - Business, Economy & Finance|
|Written by Chad Griffin|
|Tuesday, 11 December 2012 16:13|
For American companies, 100 percent is the new normal.
That's not a sales figure or a stock value.
That's the perfect score that 252 companies earned when we evaluated their workplace policies for LGBT employees in this year's Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
When we started the CEI 11 years ago, there were just 13 perfect scores.
So while the federal government and many state governments lag behind, American businesses continue to make great strides on LGBT equality. The result is a total transformation in the lives of millions of LGBT employees and their families.
HRC's goal with the CEI has always been to provide companies with a roadmap to fair policies. As more and more businesses compete to retain top talent, LGBT-inclusive policies have become a corporate standard – just 11 years after our first edition.
There's a lot more good news out of this year's CEI. Here are some of the other amazing stats and what they mean for equality:
Enacting these company policies isn't just the right thing to do – it's good for business and makes an enormous difference in the lives of millions.
But there's still quite a bit of work left. While the average score of companies who participate in the CEI is 84 (in the green), the average score for corporations who chose not to participate in the CEI this year is a disappointing 11. And that's the biggest problem – a full quarter of businesses in the CEI are in the red, just because they didn't respond.
Now you can take part by downloading the 2013 Buying for Workplace Equality Guide that'll show you how your favorite stores and companies treat their LGBT staff. (There's even an app for that!)
Thanks for taking a minute to look through and share this encouraging and great news.With pride,
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