HRC's Corporate Equality Index: more companies get with the program
The fundies will most definitely come out, guns blazing, at this news, out of sheer frustration. While our government, which is supposed to represent us, drags its feet on civil equality and fairness, corporate America is the one venue where equality for LGBT citizens has been on a constant, positive trajectory.
Human Rights Campaign’s fifth annual Corporate Equality Index report is out, and a record number of the largest U.S. companies are actually competing to expand benefits and protections for LGBT employees and consumers, because they understand the importance of the constituency that it employs and markets to.
The growth is notable: 138 major U.S. companies earned HRC’s highest rating of 100 percent, up from 101 in 2005. Over four years the overall growth is tenfold, despite constant pressure tactics from the AmTaliban forces such as Don Wildmon’s American Family Association.
* 75 percent more companies than in 2005 prohibited discrimination against transgender employees in employment practices;
* 64 percent more companies than in 2005 implemented at least one wellness benefit for transgender employees;
* 35 percent more companies than in 2005 extended COBRA, vision, dental and dependent medical coverage to employees’ same-sex domestic partners; and
* 14 percent more companies than in 2005 engaged in philanthropic or marketing activities directed toward the GLBT community.
Almost all of the companies rated — 436, or 98 percent — include sexual orientation in their non-discrimination polices.
…For example, last year Raytheon Co. was the only member of the aerospace industry to get a perfect score. This year, however, three of its competitors also earned 100 percent. Four other industries saw rapid growth in companies achieving the top score. A total of eight law firms, five pharmaceutical companies and five consulting houses all reached 100 percent for the first time in 2006. And, while in 2005 two major auto companies achieved the top rating, this year, that number doubled to four.
Just a few of the top 100: Adobe, Apple, Best Buy, American Express, Bristol-Myers, Chevron, BP, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, DaimlerChrysler, GM (gee, Don’s been wasting all his time on Ford, which is also on the list), Kodak, Sears, Sprint, Wells Fargo, Whirlpool, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, Northrup Grumman, ConEd. The list goes on and on. Soon there won’t be anywhere the fundies can shop or do business, without supporting The Homosexual AgendaTM.
Guess who scored a zero, btw:
Three companies received a score of zero on the report. They are: oil giant ExxonMobil, grocery chain Meijer Inc. and high-tech consulting firm Perot Systems. None of these companies offer even the most minimal benefits or workplace protections to their gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees.