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HRC Scores Massachusetts Companies' LGBTQ-Inclusive Workplace Policies in New Corporate Equality Index

Thursday Nov 9, 2017
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Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) civil rights organization, announced a record number of the nation's major companies and law firms are advancing vital policies and practices to protect LGBTQ workers around the world, according to the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual report assessing LGBTQ inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 50 in Massachusetts.

This year, a record-breaking 609 businesses earned the CEI's top score of 100, up from 517 last year -- a single-year increase of 18 percent. This record sets a new high water mark for corporate leadership over the 15-year history of the CEI.

In total, 947 companies and law firms were officially rated in the new CEI, up from 887 in last year's. The report also unofficially rated 137 Fortune 500 companies, which have yet to respond to an invitation to participate in the CEI survey assessing their LGBTQ policies and practices. The average score for companies and law firms based in Massachusetts is 97 percent. Of the 50 companies ranked, 41 earned 100 points, six earned 90 points and above, and one earned 80 points and above.

"At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence Administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace," said HRC President Chad Griffin. "The top-scoring companies on this year's CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores. In addition, many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the 106 corporate supporters of the Equality Act. We are proud to have developed so many strong partnerships with corporate allies who see LGBTQ equality as a crucial issue for our country and for their businesses."

DigitasLBi (Boston) - 100

Raytheon Co. (Waltham) - 100

FMR Corp. (Boston) - 95

Eastern Bank Corp. (Boston) - 100

Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (Boston) - 100

LPL Financial Holdings Inc. (Boston) - 100

Rockland Trust Co. (Rockland) - 100

State Street Corp. (Boston) - 100

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (Waltham) - 100

EMC Corp. (Hopkinton) - 100

Nuance Communications (Burlington) - 80

Bain & Co. Inc./ Bridgespan Group (Boston) - 100

Boston Consulting Group (Boston) - 100

Iron Mountain Inc. (Boston) - 100

Sapient Consulting Corp. (Boston) - 100

SapientRazorfish (Boston) - 100

Bright Horizons Family Solutions LLC (Watertown) - 100

Eversource Energy (Springfield) - 35

National Grid USA (Waltham) - 100

Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. (Canton) - 90

Ocean Spray Cranberries Inc. (Lakeville-Middleboro) - 90

Ahold USA Inc. (Quincy) - 100

AthenaHealth Inc. (Watertown) - 100

Boston Scientific Corp. (Marlborough) - 100

BMC HealthNet Plan (Boston) - 70

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Boston) - 100

Hanover Insurance Group Inc. (Worcester) - 100

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc. (Wellesley) - 100

John Hancock Financial Services Inc. (Boston) - 100

Liberty Mutual Group (Boston) - 100

Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (Springfield) - 100

Sun Life Financial Inc. (US) (Wellesley Hills) - 100

Tufts Health Plan (Watertown) - 100

TripAdvisor Inc. (Needham) - 100

Akamai Technologies Inc. (Cambridge) - 100

Fish & Richardson PC (Boston) - 95

Brown Rudnick LLP (Boston) - 100

Choate, Hall & Stewart LLP (Boston) - 100

Foley Hoag LLP (Boston) - 100

Goodwin Procter LLP (Boston) - 100

Goulston & Storrs (Boston) - 100

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo PC (Boston) - 100

Nixon Peabody LLP (Boston) - 100

Ropes & Gray LLP (Boston) - 100

General Electric Co. (Boston) - 100

Biogen (Cambridge) - 100

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Co. (Boston) - 95

B J's Wholesale Club (Westborough) - 95

Staples Inc. (Framingham) - 100

TJX Companies Inc., The (Framingham) - 100


Key National Findings Revealed in the 2018 CEI

  • 609 companies earned a perfect 100 points, up from 517 in the 2017 report;
  • Gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 83 percent of Fortune 500 companies, up from just 3 percent in 2002;
  • 459 major employers have adopted supportive inclusion guidelines for transgender workers who are transitioning;
  • 137 Fortune 500 companies were given unofficial scores based on publicly available information.


    The CEI ates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:

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


    The full report, including a searchable employer database is available online at www.hrc.org/cei

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