It's abundantly clear that the world is making tremendous strides in diversity and inclusion — making it a priority to celebrate the mix of differences and similarities between each other. Today, marriage equality and hate crimes protections are the laws of the land. Barriers to LGBT service in the armed forces are being lifted. Corporations are changing and expanding policies, and prioritizing diversity and inclusion as key elements within their corporate blueprint.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ushers in a new era of corporate equality making it known to the rest of the world who is off the charts in acknowledging and honoring LGBT equality. The HRC Foundation's Corporate Equality Index, in its 14th edition this year, is the national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. 851 businesses demonstrated their commitment to equality across every industry and geography, but only 407 of them earned a top score of 100 percent. This perfect score earns the significant distinction of "Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality".
"It's an honor to be recognized for our commitment to equality," says Annette Morris, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Gender Balance at Nestlé Purina.
Equality is core to our values and central to the way we do business, treat employees, and value our consumers. Our people are our most important asset — our mission is to continuously find, develop, keep and challenge people from diverse backgrounds.
1,024 businesses in total were rated by the HRC Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2016, which evaluated policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.
Since the CEI's inception in 2002, America's largest (and global) employers have begun embracing LGBT inclusion as a best business practice, Purina included. However, there is still incredible work still to be done.