For the seventh consecutive year, Eli Lilly and Company has received a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI) — one of three honors the company recently has earned for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace practices.
"We are honored to be recognized among the top companies in the nation for our commitment to diversity and inclusion," said Shaun Hawkins, chief diversity officer. "At Lilly, ensuring that diversity is sought, valued and respected is critical to our company's success. Our focus is finding innovative medical solutions for patients, and we can only do that with a workforce that brings a wide variety of perspectives."
Lilly is one of 252 companies to receive the perfect CEI score among 889 U.S. businesses rated, including the entire Fortune 500, and has been named to HRC's "Best Places to Work" list. The HRC is the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization and its CEI has become the foremost benchmark for businesses to gauge their level of LGBT workplace inclusion against competitors.
As Eli Lilly and Company announced, the CEI rates companies on 40 specific policies and practices. To achieve a perfect score, companies must have fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, show commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship.
In addition to strong workforce practices for its LGBT employees, Lilly supports a number of global, national and state LGBT organizations. The company also will work with other businesses to oppose a proposed amendment to the Indiana constitution that would ban same-sex marriages and civil unions along with posing challenges to the extension of domestic partner benefits.