These 16 Atlanta companies score perfectly on LGBTQ equality

Some 16 metro Atlanta-based companies, law firms and financial institutions notched a perfect score on how they approach LGBTQ policies, employees and customers. 

The companies – up from 14 in 2019 and the same as in 2018 and 2017 – were ranked in HRC’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index, which was released on Tuesday. They were among 32 Georgia companies included in the annual survey. 

Three Atlanta-based companies earned perfect scores on the index for the first time ever: the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (led by gay CEO Raphael Bostic), Global Payments and Kabbage (scoring perfectly on its first year on the list). 

Some 686 businesses – out of 1,059 ranked – nabbed a perfect score of 100 on the index, up from 572 last year. 

The 16 LGBTQ-perfect firms and companies with a score of 100 this year that are headquartered in metro Atlanta (and their 2019, 2018, 2017 scores) are: 

  • Alston & Bird (100, 100, 100)
  • Coca-Cola (100, 100, 100)
  • Cox Enterprises (100, 90, 90)
  • Eversheds Sutherland (100, 100, 100)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (95, not rated, not rated)
  • Global Payments (85, not rated, not rated)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group Americas (100, 100, 100)
  • Kabbage (100, not rated, not rated)
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (100, 100, 100)
  • King & Spalding (100, 100, 100)
  • Morris, Manning & Martin (100, 100, 80)
  • NCR Corp. (100, 100, 100)
  • Southern Co. (100, 100, 100)
  • SunTrust Banks (100, 100, 100)
  • Troutman Sanders (100, 100, 100)
  • United Parcel Service (100, 100, 90)

HRC President Alphonso David said that U.S. companies are committed to LGBTQ equality for a number of reasons. 

“These companies know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do — it is also the best business decision,” he said in a press release. “In addition, many of these leaders are also advocating for the LGBTQ community and equality under the law in the public square.”

HRC scored 32 companies across Georgia, and several came up terribly short. Here are the Georgia companies that didn’t receive a 100 (with their 2020, 2019, 2018 scores):

  • Aflac (70, 80, 85)
  • Agco (10, 10, not rated)
  • Asbury Automotive Group (20, 20, 0)
  • Delta Air Lines (85, 85, 100)
  • Fisher & Phillips (60, 70, not rated)
  • Genuine Parts Co. (20, not rated, not rated)
  • HD Supply (20, 20, not rated)
  • Home Depot (90, 90, 100)
  • Intercontinental Exchange (20, not rated, not rated)
  • Invesco (85, 45, 75)
  • Mohawk Industries (30, not rated, not rated)
  • PulteGroup (20, 10, not rated)
  • Randstad USA (90, not rated, not rated)
  • Travelport (50, 45, not rated)
  • Veritiv (20, 20, 20)
  • Westrock (90, 75, 70)

The Corporate Equality Index rates companies on their nondiscrimination policies, equitable benefits for LGBTQ employees and their families, support for an inclusive culture, and corporate responsibility. 

The City of Atlanta earned a perfect score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index for the seventh straight year in November.