3 Houston companies so LGBT-friendly, they’re perfect

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Some 10 companies, law firms and financial institutions based in Texas – including three in Houston – earned a perfect score on a new ranking of how they approach LGBT issues, employees and customers.

The enterprises are among 76 across Texas that were ranked on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index 2016, which was released on Wednesday during a press conference in Atlanta. HRC President Chad Griffin was joined by representatives from several companies that scored well in the CEI, including Delta and Newell Rubbermaid. 

A record 407 businesses across the country earned HRC’s top score of 100 and the distinction of being named among the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. The 10 companies, law firms and financial institutions in Texas (and 2015 score):

  • American Airlines, Fort Worth (100)
  • AT&T, Dallas (100)
  • Comerica, Dallas (100)
  • Dell, Round Rock (100)
  • GameStop Corp., Grapevine (100)
  • J.C. Penny Co., Plano (95)
  • Norton Rose Fulbright, Houston (90)
  • Shell Oil, Houston (95)
  • Southwest Airlines, Dallas (90)
  • Vinson & Elkins LLP, Houston (100)

“Our nation’s top companies this year have risen in record-breaking numbers to the challenge of extending non-discrimination protections to their LGBT employees around the globe,” HRC President Chad Griffin said. 

“These companies and law firms have consistently shown leadership in building support for greater equality for LGBT employees, and not just within the walls of their own workplace. This year’s CEI demonstrates that business understands what many have long known: The fight for LGBT equality does not end at our borders, but is a global endeavor that must be pursued with greater urgency than ever before,” he added.

In 2014, just six companies in Texas – including Vinson & Elkins in Houston – received a perfect score on the HRC report.

Other Houston-based companies were near perfect – including BP America, Spectra Energy and Waste Management – and a handful of energy companies flopped. Some 34 companies headquartered in Houston are ranked in the report. Those companies that didn’t receive a 100, their 2016 score (and 2015 score):

  • Andrews Kurth 90 (90)
  • Baker Bolts LLP 85 (90)
  • BMC Software 70 (80)
  • BP America 85 (90)
  • Bracewell & Giuliani 85 (90)
  • Calpine Corp. 30 (40)
  • Columbia Pipeline Group 70
  • ConocoPhillips 80 (75)
  • Group 1 Automotive 35 (40)
  • Marathon Oil Corp. 85 (75)
  • RRI Energy 45 (50)
  • Spectra Energy Corp. 85 (90)
  • Waste Management 90 (90)

Some Houston area companies refused to take part in the survey, including Anadarko Petroleum, the Woodlands (20), Baker Hughes (10), Buckeye Partners (10), Cameron International (20), Enterprise Products Partners (10), EOG Resources (10), FMC Technologies (10), Halliburton (10), KBR (20), Kinder Morgan (20), MRC Global (10), National Oilwell Varco (10), Noble Energy (0), Phillips 66 (20), Plains GP Holdings (0), Quanta Services (10), Sysco (65) and Targa Resources Corp. (0).

Other Texas companies, their 2016 scores (and 2015 scores): 

  • Austin Radiological Assn., Austin 30 (40)
  • Brinker International, Dallas 55 (70)
  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp., Fort Worth (20)
  • Celanese Corp., Irving 85 (80)
  • Commercial Metals 20 (30)
  • CST Brands, San Antonio 10
  • Dean Foods Co., Dallas 40 (40)
  • DR Horton, Fort Worth 20 (0)
  • Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Plano 60 (70)
  • Energy Future Holdings Corp., Dallas 20 (15)
  • Energy Transfer Partner, Dallas 20 (0)
  • Exxon Mobil Corp., Irving 40 (-25)
  • Flour Corp., Irving 85 (75)
  • Fossil, Richardson 60 (50)
  • Freescale Semiconductor, Austin 75 (80)
  • H.E. Butt Grocery, San Antonio 30 (40)
  • Haynes and Boone LLP, Dallas 80 (90)
  • HollyFrontier Corp., Dallas 20 (0)
  • HomeAway, Austin 55
  • iHeartMedia, San Antonio 55 (75)
  • Infosys Limited, Plano 70 (70)
  • Jackson Walker, Dallas 70
  • Kimberly-Clark Corp, Irving 90 (90)
  • Locke Lord LLP, Dallas 95 (80)
  • Nortel Networks Corp., Richadrson 45 (50)
  • RadioShack Corp., Fort Worth 40 (45)
  • Sabre Holdings, Southlake 65 (75)
  • Susser Holdings, Corpus Christi (0)
  • Tenet Healthcare Corp., Dallas 65 (60)
  • Tesoro Corp., San Antonio 20 (15)
  • Texas Instruments, Dallas 85 (90)
  • United Services Automobile Association, San Antonio 85 (0)
  • Valero Energy Corp., San Antonio 10 (15)
  • Western Refining, El Paso 10 (0)
  • Whole Foods Market, Austin 85 (75)

HRC rated some 851 companies across the U.S. on their policies concerning LGBT equality and inclusion for employees and customers. The 2016 report reflects tightened criteria that means companies scoring a 100 offer sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections, require U.S. contractors to abide by existing non-discrimination policies and prohibit philanthropic giving to non-religious organizations without LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination policies. Overall, the CEI ranks companies in five broad categories, including non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversisty and inclusion, public commitment to LGBT equality and responsible citizenship. 

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