Adminstered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, industrial gas giant Praxair, Inc. has been named to the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) with a perfect score of 100%.

Praxair fulfilled all criteria for the CEI accolade and has been designated as a ‘Best Place to Work’ for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality as a result.

The US-based business supports a variety of initiatives that reinforces its focus on diversity and inclusion, including employee resource groups that provide support and development opportunities for minority communities, unconscious bias training for managers, mentoring programmes and scholarship support for students of diverse backgrounds.

”Workplace diversity drives competitive advantage and is essential to our ability to sustain our company success over the long-term”

Vanessa Abrahams-John, Chief Diversity Officer

Praxair’s Chief Diversity Officer Vanessa Abrahams-John signified the importance of this achievement and stated, “This award recognises Praxair’s dedication to its core values of workplace diversity and inclusion. Workplace diversity drives competitive advantage and is essential to our ability to sustain our company success over the long-term.”

Praxair is one of more than a thousand business, including fellow Tier One corporation Air Products, rated in the report, which assesses LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits and public engagement with the LGBT community.

A total of 517 major businesses earned a top score in the 2017 CEI report, spanning a variety of industries and geographies.