Walgreens and Staples earn perfect score in Corporate Equality Index
America's largest drugstore chain Walgreens and office supplies giant Staples have received perfect scores of 100% on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national US benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
This marks the 10th year Walgreens has earned a perfect score from the CEI index and the fifth for Staples.
“As a company that prides itself on its commitment to diversity and inclusion, we know that fostering the growth and development of employees is an essential component of our future, regardless of individual differences,” said Kathleen Wilson-Thompson, chief human resource officer of Walgreens.
“It’s important that all associates feel valued for who they are and know that their ideas and viewpoints and beliefs will help contribute to Staples’ success,” commented John Burke, chief culture officer, Staples, Inc.
The 2015 CEI rated 734 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.
Walgreens efforts satisfied all of the CEI’s criteria resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. Fortune 500 companies that participated in the survey had an average rating of 86.
Staples was previously named one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by the HRC. The company has Associate Resource Groups (ARGs), a formal community of committed associates who support Staples business results, global diversity strategy, community involvement and associate engagement, including an ARG called “Out At Work,” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender associates and allies.
For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, click here.