DuPont recently was honored by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) as a company among the best places to work for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality. The award was presented at the Eighth Annual LGBT Workplace Awards Seminar and Reception, hosted by Time Warner in New York City.
HRC honored 189 companies who scored 100% on the 2012 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the U.S. standard for evaluating policies, practices and diversity efforts relating to LGBT workers. This is the sixth year DuPont has earned 100%.
This year's CEI details a decade of progress in workplace equality, and marks the first year of more stringent criteria regarding transgender health benefits. Of the companies honored, nine received special recognition for earning a perfect 100% score for 10 consecutive years. They are Aetna, Alcatel-Lucent, AMR Corp. (American Airlines), Apple, Eastman Kodak, JPMorgan Chase & Co., Nike, Replacements Ltd., and Xerox.
Jim MacFawn, BGLAD (Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians, Transgendered and Allies at DuPont) Network co-leader, accepted the award on behalf of DuPont.
“DuPont and its fellow award recipients continue to lead the way in workplace LGBT equality," Jim said. "We're now seeing a shift in the CEI -- it not only focuses on a company's benefits and internal processes, but also measures their external commitment to LGBT equality. BGLAD leaders look forward to helping DuPont manage this new focus, and playing a leadership role in our Respect for People core value.”
To learn more about HRC's progress over the past decade, view this 4.5-minute video featured at the awards.