The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights organization, uses the Corporate Equality Index as a measure to rank U.S. companies on their treatment of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) employees, consumers and investors.
“We are honored to be named a Best Place to Work by Human Rights Campaign and it is a great external recognition of our efforts and commitment to furthering equal rights for everyone in the workplace,” said Sumeet Salwan, Unilever’s Vice President, Human Resources. “We work vigorously to offer a workplace where all of our professionals can thrive.”
“At Unilever, we strive to create an inclusive culture for all employees, which in turn enables us to attract and retain top talent within the industry," said Michael Baier, Human Resources Business Partner and Global PRIDE chairperson at Unilever. "We are proud of our collective differences and the Corporate Equality Index ranking reaffirms our strong commitment to our diverse and dynamic workforce."
Unilever supports the LGBT community at work through its PRIDE Network. PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) is an LGBT Diversity Network open to all Unilever employees that share a common goal of endorsing respect, individuality, diversity, and equality throughout the organization. It creates and maintains an open workplace environment for the LGBT community and helps develop its members by providing both business and social interaction with the purpose of furthering personal growth.
Unilever was also recently recognized as a top company for LGBT Equality by Work Life Matters Magazine.
The Human Rights Campaign’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index records a decade of progress in workplace equality with strict criteria regarding transgender health benefits. The Corporate Equality Index rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices, 32 of which are either new or more demanding than in previous years.
To achieve a perfect score, companies must have fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence their commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship. This year’s Corporate Equality Index tells a powerful story of American businesses working to meet that higher bar.
Unilever was among 889 U.S. companies rated this year, with only 252 participants earning a perfect score of 100 percent. A full summary of the ranking can be found at: http://www.hrc.org/cei.