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2021 Corporate Equality report released

Rachel Badham January 30, 2021

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has released its 2021 US Corporate Equality report, which follows participating employers as they implement LGBTQ+ inclusive policies and practices in the workplace. This year, 1,142 companies actively participated in the Corporate Equality Index 2021 Survey, which measured a handful of factors from non-discrimination policies to public commitment to the LGBTQ+ community. It found 92% of respondents employers offer a ‘robust set’ of LGBTQ+ friendly practices and have made more than three efforts to support organisational LGBTQ+ diversity competency.

A further 94% had a diversity council that included LGBTQ+ employees, and nearly all respondents explicitly included sexual orientation and gender identity as a part of their nondiscrimination policy. Employers have also become more trans inclusive since previous surveys, with over 90% offering at least one trans-inclusive insurance plan option. 767 employers achieved a top Corporate Equality Index score of 100, earning them the title of ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.’ Overall, participating companies had an average score of 92%.

The report highlights the importance of creating LGBTQ+ friendly workplaces: “Equitable policies and benefits are critical to LGBTQ inclusion in the workforce but alone are not sufficient to support a truly inclusive culture within a workplace. Employers recognize that beyond the letter of a policy, additional programming and educational efforts are necessary.” HRC president, Alphonso David, added: “Our participating companies know that building an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace is not just the right thing to do – it is also the best business decision – allowing companies to attract, retain and engage top talent.”