Vanguard Group is among a handful of companies in the region that achieved the top score of 100 in a study conducted by the Human Rights Campaign‘s Corporate Equality Index. The study analyzes the inclusion of the LGBT population in major companies and law firms across the U.S.
Besides Vanguard, other regional companies that also received a perfect score include Aramark, Comcast Corp., Campbell Soup Co., Johnson & Johnson, and Lincoln National Corp. While a number of local companies also came close to the full score, including Berwyn based TE Connectivity which received a score of 90.
The criteria used in the CEI report includes non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBT equality, and responsible citizenship.
This year close to 851 companies were rated in the CEI, significantly higher than last year’s 781. The 33 regionally based companies included in the study scored an average of 85, with 16 of them scoring 100, four earning 90 or more and six receiving at least 80.
Not all of the region’s companies showed progress however, as a few scored relatively poorly while some company’s figures even declined compared to last year’s report such as Blue Bell based Unisys Corp, which at 30 points, was 10 points lower than last year.
“While support for LGBT workers is growing in the U.S. and around the world, too many companies still fail to guarantee basic, vital workplace protections that allow employees to bring their full selves to work,” HRC President Chad Griffin said. “That continues to create barriers for LGBT people, especially for transgender people, who face high rates of unemployment and discrimination in hiring.”
Griffin also added that companies should look to the example “set by global corporate leaders as a path forward to achieving LGBT equality for all workers, no matter where they live.”