The HRC Foundation Corporate Equality Index criteria serve as a road map for major U.S. businesses’ adoption of inclusive policies, practices and benefits for LGBT employees. Launched in 2002, the CEI is the nationally recognized benchmarking report for businesses to gauge their level of LGBT workplace inclusion against competitors.
In addition to growing the number of highly-rated employers, the CEI has seen success in the reach of the survey. The number of employers rated from the first CEI to the present has expanded from 319 to 734, encompassing all major industry sectors and
geographic regions of the U.S.
The largest and most successful U.S. employers are invited to participate in the CEI and are identified through the following lists:
-Fortune magazine’s 1,000 largest publicly traded businesses (2012 Fortune 1000) and
-American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (2012 AmLaw 200).
Additionally, any private-sector, for-profit employer with 500 or more full-time U.S. employees can request to participate.