The Human Rights Campaign has just released its 2017 Corporate Equality Index report. The report rates businesses based on how friendly they are towards lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.
In total, 517 businesses received a perfect score of “100.” It’s proven to be a record-breaking year, with more Fortune 500 companies receiving a perfect score than ever before. American Airlines, KKR, MGM Resorts, McKesson, PetSmart, and Starbucks are just some of the Fortune 500 companies that received the highest of honors.
“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition, especially on behalf of our LGBT employees,” said Mike Michelson, Member and Head of KKR’s Inclusion and Diversity Council. (KKR is a multinational private equity firm co-founded in 1976 by Henry Kravis and George Roberts).
Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts, is also proud that his company made the list.
“The principles of diversity and inclusion run deep within our company culture and in the guest service for which we are renowned,” Murren stated. “This recognition further demonstrates our enduring commitment to our LGBT community.”
It’s a sign that things are changing, as more and more companies begin to make diversity and inclusion a priority in the workplace. In fact, the Human Rights Campaign reports that 86% of businesses have inclusive diversity training.
“Even in the face of relentless attempts to undermine equality, America’s leading companies and law firms remain steadfast and committed to supporting and defending the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “The unprecedented expansion of inclusive workplaces across the country and around the globe not only reflects our progress, it helps drive it. “
Twelve of America’s top 20 ranked companies received a perfect score, including:
- General Motors
- General Electric
- Federal National Mortgage Association
These companies are paving the way when it comes to equality in all aspects of life. Now we must wait for the rest of the country to catch up.