13 Philly-Area Companies Earn 100 Score on HRC’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index



The Human Rights Campaign released their 2016 Corporate Equality Index report today, and a number of businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area have perfect scores.

Aramark Corporation, Blank Rome LLP, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, Campbell Soup Company, Comcast NBCUniversal, Dechert LLP, DuPont, IKEA Holding US, Lincoln National Corporation, Morgan, Lewis & Bockus LLP, Pepper Hamilton LLP, SAP America Inc., and Vanguard Group all received “100%” on the annual index, which ranks LGBT inclusion at major companies across the country.

Borgata’s Tom Balance, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Atlantic City venue, was quite pleased of the news, and added that “this recognition honors the core values of Borgata, which we have always been committed to by supporting diversity and equal employment for all team members.”

In total, 407 out of the 851 businesses surveyed got a perfect score of “100” on the evaluation and received the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” Companies are ranked based on non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity, public commitment to LGBT equality, and responsible citizenship.

Representatives for the HRC say that these perfect evaluations are particularly impressive this year, given that they’ve added “new criteria requiring that companies with global operations extend non-discrimination protections for their LGBT workers worldwide.”

Chad Griffin, HRC President, said that “many leading U.S. companies have broken new ground by expanding explicit non-discrimination protections to their LGBT workers around the globe. They’ve shown the world that LGBT equality isn’t an issue that stops at our own borders, but extends internationally.”

Other key findings in the report included that 511 companies nationwide offer transgender workers “at least one health care plan that has transgender-inclusive coverage,” a 150% increase since 2012. Also noted is that 330 employers “have adopted supportive inclusion guidelines for transgender workers who are transitioning.”

The full report, which can be read here, highlights all of the companies surveyed.