Thursday, 15 December 2011 05:54

Exploring Gender: Corporate Equality Index 2012

Written by  Cael

 

The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index 2012 came out this week, ranking hundreds of major US companies based on a set of criteria. These criteria include an assessment of companies’ non-discrimination policies, the offering of equal partner benefits, availability of LGBT resources for employees, the provision of transgender healthcare, a public commitment to LGBT causes, and a lack of support for anti-LGBT initiatives. The scoring falls under each of these categories, amounting to a highest possible score of 100.

 

Of those hundreds of companies surveyed, there were many to score perfectly, though fewer than last year because of the more stringent qualification for providing transgender healthcare, which denotes a company must offer one insurance plan which will cover at least $75,000 in surgery and any other treatments for transition. Adding in this more rigorous requirement provides a goal for those companies who are working to provide an equal workplace for their LGBT employees, and also provides transgender workers with a way to discover those companies which would best accommodate them before applying to jobs.

 

But the Corporate Equality Index is about not only providing workers with a way to discover the most inclusive and equal workplaces, but also being able to identify those companies which devalue their employees by not providing them with fair treatment. Once those companies which are not willing to grow to support the LGBT community are identified, consumers may use that information to choose more wisely the companies they support with their business. As a member of the LGBT community or an ally, why should I spend my money where other people in that same community are treated with less than respect and equality? Altering the flow of revenue to those companies which find it unnecessary to support all of their employees can perhaps affect some kind of change.

For more information on the Corporate Equality Index, visit HRC.org, where you can read the report, search companies to find a specific score, or simply browse through to see where any of the companies you work with on a day-to-day basis rank. And while you are there, don’t forget to browse through the rest of the site and the remainder of the wonderful resources the Human Rights Campaign offers to the community and its allies.