For the fifth consecutive year, Air Products has earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
Distributed annually, CEI is the US’ foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
This year’s results showed not only are US companies promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the states, but that 57% of CEI-rated companies with global operations are also helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad.
Air Products’ efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100% ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
“Every day we strive to build a more welcoming and inclusive workplace. We are pleased to have again achieved a perfect score from CEI, but know there will always be more work to be done,” said Victoria Brifo, Senior Vice-President and Chief Human Resources officer at Air Products.
“As a company that operates in more than 50 countries, our employees come from all walks of life and nationalities, creating an inclusive environment where feeling that they belong and matter is part of our higher purpose.”
The CEI rates employers providing crucial protections to over 18 million US workers and an additional 17 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly-traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms, and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;
- Support of an inclusive culture; and,
- Corporate social responsibility.