Ernst & Young LLP achieves 100% rating on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for the eighth consecutive time
New York, November 14, 2012 — Ernst & Young LLP has earned a 100% rating as reported in Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) released today, again placing the firm among HRC’s “Best Places to Work” for the equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. The firm was the first in its industry to receive the 100% rating in 2005, and has achieved it every year since.
“I’m very proud of our track record of maintaining a perfect CEI score. To me, it represents our continued commitment to establishing and evolving policies and practices that best support LGBT colleagues and their families,” said Karyn Twaronite, the Americas Inclusiveness Officer for the Ernst & Young organization. “Ernst & Young believes in continually measuring and remaining accountable for our diversity and inclusion efforts, and the CEI report has been an important national benchmark for us. We applaud the HRC for its history of identifying the gold standard in LGBT inclusiveness and pushing Ernst & Young LLP and many others in a growing list of top organizations to achieve it annually.”
HRC’s CEI report provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large US employers and 40 policies and practices pertinent to LGBT employees and their families, serving as a premiere national benchmark for LGBT workplace inclusion.
A record 252 businesses achieved the top rating of 100% this year, marking tremendous progress since just 13 businesses earned a 100% in the inaugural CEI 11 years ago. According to HRC, the policies, benefits and practices businesses must implement to earn a perfect score are best-in-class demonstrations of corporate commitments to LGBT workers.
The 2013 CEI rates 889 businesses. This includes the entire Fortune 500, with 293 of those companies voluntarily submitting surveys, 201 rated per publicly-available data, and the balance being businesses that merged, were acquired or no longer exist. Additionally, 79 Fortune 1000 companies, 141 law firms and 175 other companies voluntarily participated. Since CEI’s inception, voluntary participation has doubled from 319 companies in 2002 to 688 organizations this year. View the full report at www.hrc.org/cei.
Ernst & Young continues to demonstrate its leadership in LGBT inclusiveness in a variety of ways. Other key honors and achievements include:
- In October, Ernst & Young LLP joined Immigration Equality Action Fund’s Business Coalition for the Uniting American Families Act to take a stand for LGBT people facing the constraints of discriminatory immigration and visa status within their families. The firm is the first of the Big Four accounting firms and the 27th organization overall to sign up for the coalition.
- Earlier this year, Ernst & Young LLP began offering tax equalization on same-sex domestic partner health and welfare benefits in the US, distinguishing itself as the first of the Big Four to provide this tax gross-up benefit to LGBT employees.
- For the first time this year, Ernst & Young hosted an internal LGBT Summit with representatives from all four areas of the global organization.
- Ernst & Young organization Global Chairman and CEO Jim Turley and Global Vice Chair – Public Policy Beth Brooke delivered keynotes at leading LGBT conferences this year, including the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) National Business & Leadership Conference and the Out & Equal Workplace Summit.
- Additionally this year, DiversityInc magazine ranked Ernst & Young LLP among the Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees.
- Last year, Ernst & Young LLP was honored with the Trevor 2020 Award for increasing the visibility and understanding of LGBT and questioning (LGBTQ) youth issues and leveraged this milestone to launch its “It Gets Better” video.
- Ernst & Young LLP has received NGLCC awards for Corporate Partner of the Year in 2011 and Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year in 2009.
- Out & Equal Workplace Advocates awarded Ernst & Young LLP and its representatives with the Trailblazer award in 2008 and Significant Achievement award in 2007.
- To date, Ernst & Young has grown its internal Beyond professional network supporting LGBT people and allies to more than 1,800 members in more than 90 locations across the US and Canada.
About the Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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