Apple CEO Tim Cook today announced via his Twitter account that Apple has received a 100% score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index for the 13th year in a row. Apple once again makes the list put together by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which rates U.S. workplaces based on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality:
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“The results from this year’s Corporate Equality Index demonstrate that the nation’s leading companies see full LGBT inclusion as the standard for workplace equality,” said Deena Fidas, director of the HRC Foundation’s Workplace Equality Program. “As we celebrate these results, we should not lose sight of the work ahead needed to ensure that these policies and benefits support a true culture of inclusion for LGBT employees–from the hiring process to every aspect of their workday lives. The goal won’t be achieved until companies turn inclusive policies into everyday practice across their organizations.”
Apple is among a record 366 other companies that earned a 100% score in the report including newly added tech companies Facebook and Yelp. Criteria used to rank companies includes non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion, Public commitment to LGBT equality, and responsible citizenship.
The report also shared progress among the Fortune 500 in recent years as well as averages for the top companies combined:
The news follows Tim Cook’s decision late last month to come out as gay in an essay on equality in Bloomberg Businessweek as well as some new initiatives by Apple to promote diversity among its staff. Earlier this year Apple released its first diversity report disclosing numbers on the gender and ethnicity of its employees, while Tim Cook has talked equality, gay rights and related topics publicly on several occasions in recent months.
The full HRC’s Corporate Equality Index can be viewed here.