These 21 Atlanta companies scored perfectly on LGBTQ equality

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Some 21 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 16 in 2020, 14 in 2019 and 16 in both 2018 and 2017– were ranked in the Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index. The annual report released on Jan. 28 scored 36 Georgia companies overall, with several making improvements in their scores over previous years.

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.

All of the Georgia companies with perfect scores are in Atlanta. Five of them earned 100 percent on the index for the first time ever: Fisher & Phillips, Invesco, Newell Brands, Randstad USA and Westrock. Truist Financial picks up where its predecessor SunTrust left off and scored a 100.

The 21 Atlanta companies with perfect scores (and their 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 scores) are:

  • Alston & Bird (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Coca-Cola (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Cox Enterprises (100, 100, 90, 90)
  • Eversheds Sutherland (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta (100, 95, not rated, not rated)
  • Fisher & Phillips (70, 60, 70, not rated)
  • Global Payments (100, 85, not rated, not rated)
  • InterContinental Hotels Group Americas (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Invesco (85, 85, 45, 75)
  • Kabbage (100, 100, not rated, not rated)
  • Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • King & Spalding (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Morris, Manning & Martin (100, 100, 100, 80)
  • NCR Corp. (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Newell Brands Inc. (not previously rated)
  • Randstad USA (90, not rated, not rated, not rated)
  • Southern Co. (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Truist (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders (100, 100, 100, 100)
  • United Parcel Service (100, 100, 100, 90)
  • Westrock (90, 90, 75, 70)

The remaining Georgia companies rated by HRC and their scores appear below, with their 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 scores in parentheses. Some made big jumps in the right direction over previous years.

Atlanta company North Highland debuts on the index with a 95 score. Mohawk industries drops from 30 to zero, and Graphic Packaging Co. in Atlanta debuts on the list at 20.

  • Aflac 85 (70, 70, 80, 85)
  • Agco 10 (10, 10, not rated)
  • Asbury Automotive Group 20 (20, 20, 20, 0)
  • Delta Air Lines 85 (85, 85, 100)
  • Genuine Parts Co. 20 (20, not rated, not rated)
  • Graphic Packaging Corp. 20 (not previously rated)
  • HD Supply 20 (20, 20, not rated)
  • Home Depot 90 (90, 90, 100)
  • Intercontinental Exchange 20 (20, not rated, not rated)
  • Mohawk Industries 0 (30, not rated, not rated)
  • North Highland 95 (not previously rated)
  • PulteGroup 85 (20, 10, not rated)
  • Travelport 75 (50, 45, not rated)
  • Veritiv 75 (20, 20, 20)

HRC also rates states and municipalities on LGBTQ measures. The City of Atlanta earned a perfect score on HRC’s Municipal Equality Index for the eighth straight year in December. In January, Georgia remained on the lowest rung of states in HRC’s State Equality Index.

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