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NJ Companies’ Workplace Policies Scored in New Equality Index

Forty New Jersey businesses are among America’s leading companies and law firms meeting strengthened criteria to meet the evolving needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community around the world, according to the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) released by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization.

The HRC Foundation has strengthened criteria to meet the needs of LGBTQ workers in the most rigorous scorecard to date. Five hundred and seventy one companies have been designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for their efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking.

In total, 892 companies and law firms were officially rated in the new CEI, up from 887 in last year’s. The report also unofficially rated 135 Fortune 500 companies, which have yet to respond to an invitation to participate in the CEI survey assessing their LGBTQ policies and practices. The average score for companies and law firms based in New Jersey is 83 percent. Of the 40 companies ranked, 19 earned 100 points, six earned 90 points and above, and 31 earned 80 points and above.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also good for business.”

Employer Headquarters Location State 2019 CEI Rating
Rosetta LLC Hamilton NJ 50
Honeywell International Inc. Morris Township NJ 55
Aéropostale Inc. Lyndhurst NJ 90
Subaru of America Inc. Cherry Hill NJ 100
Prudential Financial Inc. Newark NJ 100
BASF Corp. Florham Park NJ 100
Software House International Somerset NJ 10
ADP Roseland NJ 100
Dun & Bradstreet Corp., The Short Hills NJ 100
Wipro Ltd. East Brunswick NJ 95
Pearson Inc. Hoboken NJ 90
Public Service Enterprise Group Newark NJ 90
NRG Energy Inc. Princeton NJ 40
Campbell Soup Co. Camden NJ 100
Mars Inc. Mt. Olive NJ 90
Mondelez International Inc. East Hanover NJ 80
Quest Diagnostics Inc. Lyndhurst NJ 100
Becton, Dickinson and Co. Franklin Lakes NJ 100
Wyndham Destinations Parsippany NJ 100
Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc. Parsippany NJ 100
Horizon Healthcare Services Inc. Newark NJ 100
Selective Insurance Group Branchville NJ 35
Day Pitney LLP Parsippany NJ 100
McCarter & English LLP Newark NJ 75
RB Parsippany NJ 15
Bayer U.S. LLC Whippany NJ 100
Celgene Corp. Summit NJ 100
Johnson & Johnson New Brunswick NJ 100
Merck Kenilworth NJ 100
Sanofi Bridgewater NJ 100
Novo Nordisk Inc. Plainsboro NJ 95
Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. East Hanover NJ 85
John Wiley & Sons Inc. Hoboken NJ 85
Realogy Holdings Corp. Madison NJ 85
Unilever Englewood Cliffs NJ 100
Ascena Retail Group Inc. Mahwah NJ 90
H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB North Arlington NJ 45
American Express Global Business Travel Jersey City NJ 100
Avis Budget Group Inc. Parsippany NJ 90
Travelport Ltd. Parsippany NJ 45

Other key findings revealed in the 2019 CEI:

  • The number of U.S. employees with a corporate non-discrimination policy protecting them from sexual orientation or gender identity discrimination is 16.8 million;
  • Gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 85 percent of Fortune 500 companies, up from just three percent in 2002;
  •  More than 500 major employers have adopted supportive inclusion guidelines for transgender workers who are transitioning;
  • 135 Fortune 500 companies were given unofficial scores based on publicly available information.

Over the last several years, CEI-rated companies have dramatically expanded their support for transgender workers. This year 83 percent of companies participating in this year’s CEI offer at least one health care policy that is inclusive of their transgender workers, and 73 percent met stringent new criteria that requires all blanket exclusions of medically-necessary care for transgender workers be removed from all health policies the company offers. Additional this year, the CEI scoring criteria requires that to earn a top score, businesses must maintain domestic partner benefits for same- and different-sex partners, and require that their supplier diversity programs explicitly include LGBTQ-owned suppliers.

The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria in four broad categories:

  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Employment benefits
  • Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility including public commitment to LGBTQ equality
  • Responsible citizenship

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

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