For the ninth year in a row, Dell has earned a perfect score on a key measure of how corporations treat their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) employees. The Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index provides in-depth analysis and ratings of large employers and their policies relating to LGBT employees.
The perfect score reflects Dell’s commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion on moral and ethical grounds. The company has found that promoting diversity has a happy by-product; it makes the company stronger.
The HRC represents more than 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide, making it the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans.
What is the Corporate Equality Index?
The findings of the Corporate Equality Index this year are promising. For the first time in history a majority of the Fortune 500 offers both sexual orientation and gender identity protections.
While these are basic and essential protections, what is truly heartening is that a record number of Fortune-ranked and other major businesses have updated their benefits packages to ensure that newcomers to their workplaces can expect both partner benefits and transgender-inclusive benefits. Retiring LGBT workers will see the financial benefits that they worked throughout their careers for going to their surviving family members.
The HRC evaluates whether a company’s equal employment opportunities include a protection for sexual orientation and gender identity, that equivalent medical benefits exist for same-sex partners as they do for different sex-partners, and that comprehensive diversity training, resources and accountability that includes issues pertinent to the LGBT community.
Pride Resource Group
Dell founded Pride for LGBT team members in 2002. The group is composed of more than 400 worldwide members, with a mission to ensure equality for all LGBT people so they can thrive within Dell. Through Pride, Dell wants to foster a global culture that encourages LGBT people to bring their whole selves to work.
In 2011, Pride launched an anti-bullying campaign to help spread the crucial message that adults must lend a hand in ending bullying among youth. In August of 2011, Pride announced grants totaling $20,000 to organizations with anti-bullying programs. Dell supports the passage of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), which would help provide basic protections against workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
There is much work to be done. Americans can still be legally denied a job or fired due to their sexual orientation in 29 states, and they can be legally denied a job or fired due to their gender identity in 34. The HRC celebrates the companies that have moved far beyond what current legislation exists to afford these protections.
Dell is proud to be one of the 252 major businesses to achieve a perfect 100 percent rating. Dell will remain proactive when it comes to supporting the LGBT community.