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article imageIncreased corporate acceptance for LGBT Americans, HRC reports

By Erica Lenti     Dec 15, 2012 in Business
More than 250 companies achieved perfect scores in the Human Rights Campaign's (HRC) Buying For Workplace Equality of 2013, a landmark finding for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees in the U.S.
The annual report was released by the HRC, a leading organization in the movement for LGBT equality in the U.S., last Tuesday. This year, the HRC reported record increases in the number of pro-LGBT businesses and the overall number of corporations willing to participate in the survey.
The survey measures corporate America's treatment of LGBT employees. Scores are calculated through the examination of more than 40 LGBT-related corporate policies, benefits and practices.
Among the 252 corporations who scored perfectly in the survey were Amazon, Coca-Cola, Google and Nike. ExxonMobil and Chick-Fil-A scored in the negative range.
HRC president Chad Griffin says this year's results are stunning: just 11 years ago, when the survey was first introduced, only 13 companies achieved perfect scores.
"While the federal government and many state governments lag behind, American businesses continue to make great strides on LGBT equality," he wrote his latest address to HRC supporters. "The result is a total transformation in the lives of millions of LGBT employees and their families."
According to a study by Harris Interactive in 2007, the HRC's survey results are imperative to consumers, with more than two-thirds of LGBT adult buyers reporting that they would remain loyal to LGBT-friendly brands.
What's your take? Do you support LGBT-friendly companies? What role does is corporate social responsibility play in your purchases?
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