Facebook, Yelp, Other Tech Companies Recognized as LGBT Standard Bearers

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, released a report showing that tech companies are the leaders of providing corporate LGBT-inclusive workplace standards.  

The Corporate Equality Index (CEI), first published in 2002, rates companies on a scale between one and 100. Companies such as Google, eBay, Groupon and Yahoo! are all in the 100-point club. This year, a record 366 businesses earned perfect scores and 14 are in the computer hardware, software and data services area of the tech sector. Newcomers Facebook and Yelp, as well as six Internet and retailing services, were among the top performers.

The tech sector established itself as a leader when the report was first published, the HRC said. The standard was set by Apple and Xerox, which are among only nine companies to have received perfect scores every year since 2002. Adobe Systems improved its score to 100 this year, up from 90. And Insight Enterprises of Tempe, Arizona, joined the list for the first time with a score of 70. The Ultimate Software Group of Weston, Florida, joined with a score of 65.

“Long viewed as thought leaders in business innovation, it’s no surprise that computer tech companies continue to be strong leaders in LGBT workplace inclusion,” said Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “This year, we welcomed two new computer software and hardware companies to the CEI, continuing evidence of the sector’s commitment to fairness.”

Nearly 800 companies actively participated this year.

The CEI rates the companies and law firms on detailed criteria falling under the following categories:

  • Non-discrimination policies
  • Employment benefits
  • Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion
  • Public commitment to LGBT equality
  • Responsible citizenship

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