Human Rights Campaign released its 2017 Corporate Equality Index this morning (Monday, Dec. 5), with a record 517 companies earning the top score of 100. The increase from last year’s 407 companies receiving that rating is the largest jump in the report’s history.
“Even in the face of relentless attempts to undermine equality, America’s leading companies and law firms remain steadfast and committed to supporting and defending the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement about the CEI.
Of the companies rated, 93 percent included sexual orientation equal employment policies and 92 percent included gender identity protections.
Spousal benefits for same-sex couples were proved by 98 percent of rated companies. How some companies are providing benefits for some of their legally married employees (the straight ones) and not for others (the gay and lesbian ones) and get away with that is not clear.
Another big jump is in companies providing transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage — 73 percent, up from 60 percent last year.