These 14 Atlanta companies got perfect scores on LGBTQ equality

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Some 14 metro Atlanta-based corporations, law firms and financial institutions nabbed a perfect score on their approach to LGBTQ employees, customers and policies.

The companies — down from 16 in 2018 and 16 in 2017 and up from 13 in 2016 and 11 in 2015 — were ranked in HRC’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index, which was released on March 28. They were among 29 Georgia companies included in the annual survey.

Two notable Atlanta-based companies that perennially earn perfect scores on the index took a step backward this year. Delta Air Lines scored an 85 and Home Depot scored a 90. Both dropped for exclusions in same-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits. Delta also lost points for exclusions in medically necessary care for transgender employees. 

Some 571 businesses — out of 1,028 ranked — earned a perfect score of 100 on the index, down from 609 last year.

The 14 LGBTQ-perfect firms and companies headquartered in metro Atlanta (and their 2018, 2017 scores) are: 

  • Alston & Bird (100, 100)
  • Coca-Cola (100, 100)
  • Cox Enterprises (90, 90)
  • Eversheds Sutherland (100, 100)
  • First Data Corp. (100, 100)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group Americas (100, 100)
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (100, 100)
  • King & Spalding (100, 100)
  • Morris, Manning & Martin (100, 80)
  • NCR Corp. (100, 100)
  • Southern Co. (100, 100)
  • SunTrust Banks (100, 100)
  • Troutman Sanders (100, 100)
  • United Parcel Service (100, 90)

HRC President Chad Griffin said the commitment to LGBTQ equality by U.S. companies has a global impact.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” Griffin said in a press release. 

“Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do — it’s also good for business,” he added.

HRC scored 29 companies across Georgia and several came up woefully short. The Georgia companies that didn’t receive a 100 (with their 2019, 2018 scores) are:

  • Aflac (80, 85)
  • Agco (10, not rated)
  • Asbury Automotive Group (20, 0)
  • Change Healthcare (65, not rated)
  • Delta Air Lines (85, 100)
  • EarthLink (35, 0)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (95, 100)
  • Global Payments Inc. (85, not rated)
  • HD Supply (20, not rated)
  • Home Depot (90, 100)
  • Invesco Ltd. (45, 75)
  • Newell Brands (80, not rated)
  • PulteGroup (10, not rated)
  • Veritiv (20, 20)
  • Westrock (75, 70)

The Corporate Equality Index rates companies and top law firms on LGBTQ workforce protections, inclusive benefits, inclusive culture, corporate social responsibility and responsible citizenship.

The City of Atlanta consistently nabs a perfect score on HRC's Municipal Equality Index. Year after year after year after year.


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