Workplace Equality Program

Advancing workplace equality for LGBTQ+ employees means looking far beyond the employee handbook—it means putting policy into practice on the factory floor, in the corporate boardroom and everywhere in between. HRC’s Workplace Equality Program is the nationally recognized voice for advocacy, information and guidance on LGBTQ+ workplace issues.

Since 1998, HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program has achieved dramatic advances in LGBTQ+ equality by encouraging workplaces in the U.S. and beyond to adopt inclusive employment policies, practices and benefits. By educating corporate entities and benchmarking corporate practices, the HRC Foundation has motivated employers to adopt inclusive workplace benefits and protections that directly impact the lives of millions of LGBTQ+ workers and their families.

17 million U.S.-based employees

Across over 1,000 major companies enjoy nondiscrimination protections on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.

500+ Major U.S. and multinational employers

With over 13 million employees now include transgender-inclusive healthcare, domestic partner coverage, and family formation support as part of their benefit packages

13 million employees around the globe

Also operate under inclusive workplace protections

Workplace Equality Projects

Corporate Equality Index (CEI)

The CEI is an annual survey and report benchmarking best practices in LGBTQ+ diversity and inclusion among the nation’s largest corporations and law firms. The CEI has been a highly influential tool in moving corporate America forward and paving the way to a landscape where millions of employees can count on LGBTQ+ fairness in the workplace.

Resources for Employers

Non-discrimination policies, benefits and other practices that include LGBTQ+ workers are essential for businesses as they compete for talent and customers. The Workplace Equality Program provides a variety of resources for employers to create equal, inclusive workplace environments.

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For information on the Corporate Equality Index, contact: