Fashion and footwear companies score highest in Business Equality Index – Footwear News

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) launch of its Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a comparative survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer LGBTQ+.

This year, a record 842 companies employing 14.3 million workers earned the IEC’s top score of 100, up from just 13 in its inaugural year, the HRC said.

Fashion and footwear companies among companies that scored 100 include Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas North America, Amazon Inc., Brooks Sports Inc., Caleres, Designer Brands, eBay Inc., Gap Inc., Genesco Inc. ., J. Crew Group, Kohl’s Corp., Levi Strauss & Co., Macy’s Inc., Neiman Marcus Group, Nike Inc., Nordstrom Inc., PVH Corp., Ralph Lauren Corp., SPARC Group, Tapestry Inc., Target Corp., Tiffany & Co., Under Armor Inc., VF Corp., Victoria’s Secret & Co., Walmart Inc., Warby Parker and Zara USA Inc.

According to the HRC, throughout the CIS’ two-decade history, new scoring criteria were introduced this year, including a focus on expanding gender-affirming health and labor policies, ensuring equality in benefits offerings for LGBTQ+ family formation, centering LGBTQ+ intersectionality through training and data collection. practices, and more.

“We strive to provide an inclusive and diverse company-wide culture at Genesco. We are proud of the LGBTQ+-friendly policies, benefits, DEI programs, and overall responsible citizenship that our company continues to embrace and celebrate,” said Genesco CEO Mimi Vaughn.

For Neiman Marcus Group CEO Geoffroy van Raemdonck, that score is a bit more personal. “As a gay man and one of the few openly gay CEOs, my mission was to ensure that all associates felt like they belonged in the Neiman Marcus Group,” he said. “I’m proud of NMG’s recent recognition as a ‘Best Workplace for LGBTQ+ Equality’ and know there’s still a lot of work to do. I’m personally committed to this mission and I’m thrilled to continue to evolve our membership programs, partnerships and initiatives at NMG to ensure that every community is seen, heard and supported.

IEC 2022 results show how 1,271 U.S.-based companies not only promote LGBTQ+-friendly labor policies in the U.S., but also 56% of IEC-rated companies with global operations help advance the cause LGBTQ+ inclusion in overseas workplaces.

CEI 2022 also revealed that 379 of Fortune 500 companies have official CEI ratings based on submitted surveys, up from 366 last year, with actively participating Fortune 500 companies having an average score of 94%, compared to 92 last year.

And 71% of Fortune 500 companies and 91% of all IEC-ranked companies offer transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage, up from zero in 2002, and 14 times as many companies as a decade ago.

Finally, 56% of Fortune 500 companies and 77% of all IEC-rated companies offer full domestic partner benefits, up from 69% of companies in 2002, which at the time only required domestic partner benefits. same sex.

“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers – from the factory floor to the corporate office, in big cities and small towns – could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live authentically,” said Jay Brown, senior vice president of programs, research and training at HRC, in a statement. “We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index has paved the way for this reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there’s still more to do, which is why we’re once again raising the bar to create fairer workplaces and a brighter future for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. »

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