Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that it has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Dickinson Wright’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria also earn the Firm the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.
“We were thrilled to participate in the 2022 Corporate Equality Index and honored to achieve a perfect 100 for the fifth year in a row and being designated as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality,” said Michael Hammer, CEO of DickinsonWright. “This achievement reflects the firm’s strong commitment to fostering a diverse, welcoming, and inclusive workplace environment for our LGBTQ+ personnel. At Dickinson Wright, we understand that hiring, training, integrating, and retaining a diverse workforce is at the core of our firm’s values and is instrumental to providing our clients with the best legal service.”
“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers—from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns—could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to DickinsonWright for achieving the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and working to advance inclusion in the workplace.”
The ratings criteria is rigorous and specific, providing businesses with a transparent set of metrics and best practices that improve the experiences of LGBTQ+ employees across industries. Only 13 companies achieved a 100 score on the first CEI in 2002. Twenty years later, 840 major U.S. businesses earned top marks, demonstrating the incredible impact the CEI has had on the business community.
Participants in the CEI employ over 20 million workers in the U.S. and an additional 18 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
● Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
● Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families;
● Supporting an inclusive culture; and,
● Corporate social responsibility.
The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.