Human Rights Campaign, the civil rights organization perhaps best known for championing same-sex marriage and making the equality symbol go viral, released its report naming the “Most LGBT-Inclusive Places to Work” this week.
The list is very inclusive indeed — and it contains a fair number of PR firms and holding companies:
- The Ogilvy Group
- IPG (which includes Weber Shandwick, PMK*BNC, Rogers McCowan, Spong, etc.)
- Publicis Healthcare Communications
How did these businesses qualify?
According to the full report, the CEI or Corporate Equality Index requires a business to have:
- Explicit sexual identity and gender identity non-discrimination protections
- A requirement that all US-based contractors abide by the same
- Internal policies that prohibit philanthropic giving to non-religious organizations that do have written discrimination policies
More specifically, businesses get “points” for policies that provide benefits to same-sex spouses, coverage for transgender individuals, non-discrimination training for new hires, anonymous surveys to gauge an office’s inclusiveness, etc.
Given the fact that the list also includes companies like Monsanto, Oracle, Dow Chemical, and Bain and Co., which aren’t known for being gay-friendly (even the notoriously homophobic Barilla earned a spot!), our only question is: why didn’t every major firm score 100%?