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|
|Honeywell International Inc.||Morris Township||NJ||55|
|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|
|Dun & Bradstreet Corp., The||Short Hills||NJ||100|
|Wipro Ltd.||East Brunswick||NJ||95|
|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 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|
|Bayer U.S. LLC||Whippany||NJ||100|
|Johnson & Johnson||New Brunswick||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|
|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|
Other key findings revealed in the 2019 CEI:
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:
The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.
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