By Scott Shive
Lexmark has earned a perfect score for the 11th time on a high-profile index that gauges workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index ranks Lexmark among the best U.S. companies for LGBT employees based on the company’s policies and practices. Lexmark was evaluated on non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs, public engagement with the LGBT community, and more.
Only 517 major U.S. businesses of the 1,043 that were rated earned perfect scores this year, according to the HRC, which identifies itself as America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBT equality.
“Lexmark has undergone a lot of change recently, but our commitment to diversity and inclusion has never wavered,” said Sheri Evans Depp, director, human resources at Lexmark. “We believe that all employees should be able to bring their entire, authentic selves to work each day, and we put in place policies that help make that possible. I’m glad HRC recognizes this about us.”
Lexmark has been recognized on the Corporate Equality Index each year since it began in 2002 and has earned a perfect score all but four times.
“Through 15 editions of the annual Corporate Equality Index, major private sector employers have demonstrated over and over that inclusion is not just the right thing to do, it makes for a stronger, more successful business,” said Deena Fidas, director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program. “From centuries-old companies to those that have existed for just a few years, major employers have adopted LGBT-inclusive policies and benefits at rates that continue to outpace lawmakers and lead the way forward.”
For more information on the 2017 index or to download a copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei. To learn about Lexmark’s diversity and inclusion initiatives, visit the diversity section of Lexmark’s Global Citizenship website.