HRC Foundation Releases Corporate Equality Index

571 businesses earned a perfect score on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the most comprehensive assessment of workplace LGBTQ inclusion.

To receive a perfect score of 100, a company must ensure full spousal and partner healthcare coverage parity, affirm coverage for transition-relation care, and ensure full LGBTQ inclusion.

“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 global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Time and time again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also good for business.”

Of these 571 major companies, each deemed a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, a record number offer transgender-inclusive healthcare policies, with 84 percent offering trans-inclusive coverage, 16 times more than ten years ago. Gender identity is also protected under non-discrimination policies in 97 percent of all CEI companies, up 92 points in the past 17 years.

According to the CEI, 16.8 million employees work at a company with a corporate non-discrimination policy protecting them from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Perfect-scoring companies include Walmart, Apple, Amazon, and AT&T. Google’s CEI score was suspended by the HRC for failing to remove a conversion therapy app from its app store.

110 of the top-earning companies – and 170 of all CEI companies – are also corporate supporters of the Equality Act.