The Human Rights Campaign just released its Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for 2018, and 13 Florida-based businesses achieved perfect scores.
The index has been conducted every year since 2002, and measures how inclusive and beneficial companies are for LGBTQ+ employees and their families. During its first year, only 13 companies scored perfect 100s. For 2018, 609 businesses scored 100s.
The CEI criteria have four main categories. To achieve perfect scores, businesses must have nondiscrimination policies that address sexuality and gender identity, have equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and families, promote LGBTQ+ inclusion and education in the workplace, and be outwardly and publicly supportive of LGBTQ+ rights.
This year’s CEI shows improvement across the board from last year, especially in the field of transgender-inclusive healthcare. Over 100 new companies began offering transgender-inclusive health coverage this year, bringing the number of businesses up from 647 to 750.
In a letter included in the CEI report, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin stated, “This year, the LGBTQ community has faced all-out assaults on our most fundamental civil rights from the highest levels of government…. That is why it is especially remarkable that this year has ushered in a new high watermark in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace inclusion.”
The Florida-based companies with perfect scores are: Akerman LLP in Miami, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida Inc. in Jacksonville, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt in Tampa, Carnival Corp. in Maimi, Citrix Systems Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Darden Restaurants Inc. in Orlando, Fidelity National Information Services Inc. in Jacksonville, Harris Corp. in Melbourne, Holland & Knight LLP in Brandon, Office Depot Inc. in Boca Raton, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. in Miami, Tech Data Corp. in Clear Water and The Ultimate Software Group Inc. in Weston.
Read the CEI Report here.