ORLANDO | The Walt Disney Company earned a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national survey administrated by the Human Rights Campaign that evaluates corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
“We are committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming environment for all our employees,” said Latondra Newton, senior vice president and chief diversity officer of The Walt Disney Company, in a post on the company’s website. “We are proud of our longstanding commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality and recognize that we thrive when all people are valued and encouraged.”
The CEI—now in it’s 17th year—rated 1,028 businesses in several areas including looking at a company’s workforce protections and inclusive benefits. Disney is one of 572 national businesses to earn a perfect score this year.
“Disney has been a leader in providing benefits to same-sex couples, as well as supporting transitioning employees, fostering LGBTQ business employee resource groups and providing training for employees and leaders on LGBTQ inclusion,” the company’s website reads.
Disney has received a top score on HRC’s CEI for 13 consecutive years.
“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin in the CEI report. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 180 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also good for business.”
You can read HRC’s full CEI report here.
(Above image from TheWaltDisneyCompany.com)