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Once again, Jenner & Block has received a 100-percent score in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
“Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values here at Jenner & Block. We make sure that our efforts to promote these values remain not only transparent, but also current in this ever-changing landscape,” said Susan J. Kohlmann, chair of Jenner & Block’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, member of the Policy Committee, and managing partner of the firm’s New York office. “Time and again, we’ve been recognized by the HRC for our consistent diversity and inclusion efforts, and as always, we are honored to be acknowledged for our continued initiatives to instill firm-wide fairness and equality.”
For 14 successive years, the firm has achieved a perfect score across the board in rating criteria such as prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression for all operations; having contractor/vendor non-discrimination standards that include sexual orientation and gender identity; offering transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage and firm-wide organizational competency programs; and positively engaging external LGBTQ communities, among other rating standards.
“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. “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 170 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.”
For more information on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, please click here.