Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP has been named one of the Best Places to Work for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality for the sixth consecutive year.
The firm earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey/report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality and is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP has earned a perfect CEI score every year since 2015.
“Respect for all and workplace equality are important to us, and we have worked hard to make these traits part of our firm culture,” said Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP CEO and Chair Betty Temple. “We strongly believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and one better able to serve our clients, so we are honored to once again be named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the HRC Foundation.”
The 2020 HRC Corporate Equality Index measured companies across three key pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;
- Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.
“Respect for all and workplace equality are important to us, and we have worked hard to make these traits part of our firm culture. We strongly believe that diversity makes us a stronger firm and one better able to serve our clients, so we are honored to once again be named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the HRC Foundation.”
By meeting all of the criteria used to grade companies in these categories, Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
“The Corporate Equality Index is important because it provides us with an objective report card of how we are doing in meeting our goals of having an inclusive, supportive workplace for LGBTQ employees,” said Womble Bond Dickinson Diversity Committee Chair Kevin Lyn. “We are grateful for the recognition, but more importantly, we appreciate having benchmarks to help us continue to improve.”
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
“The impact of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index over its 18-year history is profound. In this time, the corporate community has worked with us to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits, establishing the Corporate Equality Index as a primary driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion in America and across the globe,” said HRC President Alphonso David in a statement. “These companies know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—it is also the best business decision.”