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DuPont, Highmark earn high marks as LGBTQ-friendly workplaces

PARKERSBURG — Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia and DuPont have been named a 2022 Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

The two companies, among 840 around the country receiving the honor, scored a perfect 100 on the foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

DuPont has demonstrated its commitment to the LGBTQ+ community through a variety of means including inclusive employee benefits, antidiscrimination policies, supplier diversity efforts and the DuPont Pride Employee Resource Group.

This year marks the 15th time DuPont has received a perfect score.

“At DuPont, we support, encourage, and celebrate the diversity of our talented employees, who bring their best selves to work each day,” said Kim Markiewicz, vice president, diversity, equity and inclusion at DuPont. “We’re honored to once again receive this significant recognition from the Human Rights Campaign, which signals that our work continues to champion what matters most to our LGBTQ+ colleagues to work and live openly in our communities around the world.”

DuPont employees established their first LGBTQ+ and Ally network over three decades ago. The DuPont Pride ERG sponsors events, engages in advocacy, provides employee support and hosts training forums on issues facing the LGBTQ+ community.

Through a partnership with Out and Equal and the celebration of Pride Month and National Coming Out Day, DuPont Pride helps to drive awareness and inclusion for the LGBTQ+ community and their allies across the globe, the company said.

Three Highmark Health companies have received perfect scores, with Highmark West Virginia and Highmark Delaware making the list and earning a top score for the third year in a row.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for our efforts to build an open, inclusive workplace that is respectful of the right to equality,” said Jim Fawcett, president, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield West Virginia. “The ‘Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality’ designation reflects our commitment to our LGBTQ employees, who play a vital role in helping to ensure we can meet the needs of the many diverse customers and communities we serve.”

The results of the 2022 CEI showcase how 1,271 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 56% of CEI-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ+ inclusion in workplaces abroad. Highmark West Virginia’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.

“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers–from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns–could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to Highmark West Virginia for achieving the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and working to advance inclusion in the workplace.”

In 2002, the first year of the CEI, only 13 companies achieved a top-score, demonstrating the incredible impact the CEI has had on the business world over its 20-year life. This year’s CEI reflects growth across every measurement category, from the adoption of inclusive non-discrimination policies, to equitable healthcare benefits for transgender employees.

The Human Rights Campaign has published its Corporate Equality Index each year since 2002. The 2022 results showcase how 1,271 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 56% of Corporate Equality Index-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ+ inclusion in workplaces abroad.

The Corporate Equality Index rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central areas of non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.

To achieve a perfect score, companies must have fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate a commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship. DuPont’s efforts in satisfying all the CEI’s criteria earned a perfect score and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

The Corporate Equality Index rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad.

The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.

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