The winner of March Madness is still to be determined. But the winners of the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) list were just released. And for the second year in a row, Unum received a perfect score, earning the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality designation.
“We want every employee to feel valued and celebrated for their backgrounds, experiences and perspectives,” said Wade Hinton, vice president of Inclusion and Diversity at Unum. “An inclusive workplace fosters diversity of thoughts and innovative ideas, which allow us to better deliver for our customers. The Corporate Equality Index offers a benchmark to assess policies and programming related to LGBTQ+ inclusion.”
The index measures corporate policies and practices that protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workers throughout the U.S.
Companies were ranked based on different non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement in the LGBTQ community.
Unum provides progressive benefits for same-sex couples and transgendered employees, including parity for different- and same-sex spouses, domestic partner benefits for same sex couples, and health care coverage for procedures related to gender transition. Our equal opportunity employment, non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies specifically protect LGBTQ+ employees.
One of the ways Unum supports a culture of acceptance and inclusion is through our LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group (ERG) – a community of 150 employees who develop and support education and advocacy efforts. The group also offers help to all LGBTQ+ employees in their growth, development and wellbeing as employees.
“This recognition is a testament of the hard work our employee resource group members and Inclusion and Diversity department do every day to make Unum an inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ employee population,” said Lee Reece, promotion and events consultant at the Chattanooga campus and U.S. lead for the LGBTQ+ Employee Resource Group.