HRC Releases 17th Corporate Equality Index

HRC has released the results of the 17th edition of their Corporate Equality Index.

“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. “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 more than 180 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and 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.”

572 businesses earned a 100 percent rating and the designation of being a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” Top-rated CEI employers come from nearly every industry and region of the United States. Employers earning top ratings took concrete steps to ensure greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families in the form of comprehensive policies, benefits and practices.

Notable scores:

Berkshire Hathaway, raking #2 on the Fortune 1000 scored 20. Berkshire Hathaway has been invited to participate in the survey for multiple years but does not actively participate in the survey. The score is computed by HRC based on publicly available information. 

Wynn Resorts dropped to a score of 90 this year. another dent on the company's public perception in recent months. The Tropicana Las Vegas enters the index its first year at 60, Las Vegas Sands Corporation, owner of The Venetian, Palazzo, and Sands Expo convention center has not responded to requests to participate in the survey, with a score of 20 computed by HRC based on public information. 

SBE, owner and operator of SLS Las Vegas and SLS restaurants including Bazaar Meat Las Vegas, Delano Las Vegas, Red Square Restaurant and Vodka Lounge located inside Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Hyde Bellagio and Hyde Lounge at T-Mobile Arena rates a 50 in its first year on the index. 

Prior to the release of the report, HRC suspended Google's score from the index citing the company's failure to remove a gay conversion therapy app from the Google Play store. Apple and Amazon had removed the app. Google has since removed the app and the company's 100 score was reinstated with the release of the report.