The Corporate Equality Index showcase show companies are promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the United States, while also helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad.
Recently, Ingram Micro received a top score of 100% on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This is the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
The results of this year’s Corporate Equality Index showcase how 1059 U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the United States, while also helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. Ingram Micro’s focus on these issues is well-aligned with CEI’s criteria, earning the organization a 100% score and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
The Corporate Equality Index rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:
We discussed the index and Ingram Micro’s participation with Constanze Duke, senior manager of corporate social responsibility. She manages the information-gathering process, completion and submission of the annual survey in collaboration with the company’s benefits team and philanthropic committees around the world.
How long has Ingram Micro participated in the CEI process?
We first participated in the corporate equality index in 2011.
What are your thoughts on the 100% score and the list?
The corporate equality index has been a very helpful tool for us, and the team at HRC has been incredibly supportive. Ingram Micro has a made a concerted effort to understand opportunities for improvement, focus on initiatives that maximize positive outcomes for our LGBTQ associates and expand information sharing across our global operations. My colleagues and I are proud of our 2020 score, but, more importantly, of how our leadership team and global workforce are embracing and promoting workplace equality.
What specific initiatives has the company made over the past few years that helped it receive this perfect score?
Ingram Micro has seen an increase in grassroots and formal initiatives in recent years. Associates have stepped up participation in community events and philanthropy to advocate for LGBTQ rights, and the company supports these efforts through funding for associate resource groups, sponsorships and executive champions. Our leadership team regularly communicates about diversity, equality and inclusion, and we’ve expanded our latest stakeholder engagement process to include additional dialogue around these important topics. In addition, we offer training to our managers focusing on what being a good ally looks like.
Last year, we joined HRC and more than 200 other U.S. companies in voicing our support for the protection of LGBTQ people under the Civil Rights Act. We also became a signatory to EQUAL in LEGAL by General Counsel Netherlands (GCN). The 2020 CEI rating reflects our belief that we all benefit from workplaces and communities that embrace individual differences and promote authenticity.
We look forward to continuing our efforts to promote diversity, equality and inclusion—initiatives that remain key priorities for us as a company.
The full report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.
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