General Motors has once again received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. GM joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.
“The Corporate Equality Index has become a key benchmark for diversity leaders and top talent within the LGBT community,” said GM Chief Diversity Officer Ken Barrett. “Although we’re always pleased to receive recognition for our efforts, it is even more encouraging to see that we are part of a growing group of leading employers earning consecutive perfect scores.”
GM has a history of supporting a fully inclusive work environment, including its 500-member-strong employee resource group, GM PLUS. GM remains the first and only automaker to support a fully inclusive Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), and was the first automaker to join the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC).
GM has also supported PFLAG, The Point Foundation, LGBT Family Week, and metro Detroit’s Affirmations Community Center. Chevrolet’s “Mom, Dad—I’m Electric” ad for the Volt won a GLAAD award in 2012, and GM was the first automaker to create a video for the It Gets Better Project, an organization that raises awareness of bullying and supports the Trevor Project.
The 2016 CEI rated 851 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related 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. GM’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a perfect 100 percent ranking, and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.