Nestlé USA and Purina, scoring 90/100 and 100/100, respectively, are proud to be a part of top US businesses embracing inclusive policies for LGBT workers as highlighted in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index report. The 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
The 2017 CEI rated a total of 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.
Stephen Leach, Manager of Workforce Diversity and Inclusion at Nestlé USA, highlights that “Our talent pool must reflect the communities we serve in order to be successful and that requires a conscious effort to build an inclusive and supportive work environment for all our employees.” Annette Morris, Head of Diversity, Inclusion & Gender Balance at Nestlé Purina, added that “our people are our most important asset - our mission is to continuously find, develop, keep and challenge people from diverse backgrounds.” Nestlé programs like the Parent Support Policy, for example, are designed to support all families and working parents by offering 14 weeks of paid leave for new parents. The policy is applicable to all primary caregivers of newborns, including same-sex parents, male employees, and/or adoptive parents.
Deena Fidas, Director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program, echoes Leach and Morris’s emphasis that diversity and inclusion is essential for business performance, saying “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.”
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