Corporate Equality Index Resource Guide

The CEI Resource Guide is a comprehensive instructional and reference accompaniment to the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) Survey. The CEI Resource Guide covers all of the sections of the CEI survey in great detail, providing explanations of why these policies and practices we ask about are important, example policies, links to outside resources, and more.

Corporate Equality Index Resource Guide

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The resources provided here are certainly not the only ones available to help your company create a more LGBTQ-inclusive workplace; however, we hope they can help you get started on implementing best practices in workplace equality. The CEI Resource Guide is also designed to help employers better understand what is required to receive credit for each question as part of the CEI scoring criteria.

We hope you find the CEI Resource Guide helpful in taking steps to ensure your company has the necessary workplace policies, practices and benefits foundational to an inclusive and welcoming environment for LGBTQ workers. If you have any further questions about the CEI, please do not hesitate to contact our team at cei@hrc.org.

Rating Criteria for the 2022 CEI

  1. Workforce Protections
    1. Policy includes sexual orientation for all operations
    2. Policy includes gender identity for all operations
  2. Inclusive Benefits
    1. Equivalency in same- and different-sex spousal medical and soft benefits
    2. Equivalency in same- and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits
    3. Equal health coverage for transgender individuals without exclusion for medically necessary care
  3. Supporting an Inclusive Culture & Corporate Social Responsibility
    1. Three LGBTQ ​Internal Training and Education Best Practices
    2. Employee Group –OR– Diversity Council
    3. Three Distinct Efforts of Outreach or Engagement to Broader LGBTQ Community
    4. LGBTQ Corporate Social Responsibility

Criterion 1: Workforce Protections

The questions for this criterion refer to your company’s Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) or non-discrimination policy. This section will cover key questions that must be met in order to receive the allotted points.

Criterion 2: Inclusive Benefits

The questions in these criteria all relate to best practices in LGBTQ Inclusive Benefits. The scored questions in these criteria come from the following sections of questions from the Corporate Equality Index Survey.

This criterion is divided into two scored subsections:

  • The first subsection consists of spousal and domestic partner benefits, your company can either receive full (10 points) or partial (5 points) credit per section depending upon the level of parity in the benefits.
  • The second subsection is related to the provision of transgender healthcare benefits for your employees and is worth 10 points. Five points can be earned for having at least one benefit plan that explicitly affirms coverage of transition-related care. Another five points can be earned for the elimination of broad exclusions for medically necessary care.

Criterion 3: Supporting an Inclusive Culture and CSR

The questions in these criteria all relate to best practices in Internal Training and Best Practices and ERGs, Outreach and Engagement with the LGBTQ Community, and Corporate Social Responsibility. The scored questions in these criteria come from the following sections of questions from the Corporate Equality Index Survey.

This criterion is divided into four scored subsections:

  • The first two subsection focus on Supporting and Inclusive Culture and consists of Internal Training and Best Practices and Employee Resources Groups (ERG).
    • In order to earn credit for Internal Training and Best Practices, the company must demonstrate at least three distinct efforts. This criterion is worth 15. Partial credit cannot be earned.
    • In order to earn credit for an ERG or inclusive Diversity Council, the company must have an LGBTQ ERG or a diversity council that includes LGBTQ programming as a part of its mission. This criterion is worth 10 points. Partial credit cannot be earned.
  • The third subsection evaluates External Engagement with the Broader LGBTQ. Participating companies can earn full (15 points) or partial (10 points) credit. In order to earn full credit, companies with existing supplier diversity programs must include LGBTQ employers as a part of the program.
  • The fourth and final subsection focuses on Corporate Social Responsibility. In order to earn full credit (5 points) for this criterion, employers with nondiscrimination standards for third party suppliers must include sexual orientation and gender identity. Employers must also have an internal facing philanthropic giving policy prohibiting charitable giving to non-religious organizations with an explicit policy of anti-LGBTQ discrimination.