Each year, the Human Rights Campaign releases its Corporate Equality Index, giving consumers the option to take a good hard look at where they spend their money. With LGBT buying power at an estimated $830,000,000,000 in 2014, it’s good to know which retailers gladly support our community, and which ones don’t pass muster when it comes to LGBT rights.
This year saw a record-breaking number of companies with a perfect score of 100. What’s better, 13 of the 20 top-ranked Fortune companies were privy to that honor this year, including Apple Inc., Ford Motor Co., Citigroup Inc., and Chevron Corp. So, what other “everyday” companies give their LGBT employees a fair shake? Here are a few:
Barnes & Noble Inc.
Wells Fargo & Co.
American Eagle Outfitters Inc.
Best Buy Co. Inc.
Marriott International Inc.
And the ones you might want to take a closer look at before you part with your dollar?
Bed Bath & Beyond
Lowe’s Home Improvement
Regal Entertainment (Regal Cinemas, Edwards Theatres, United Artists)
The Container Store
What does the HRC consider for the score?
- Sexual orientation in discrimination policy
- Gender identity in discrimination policy
- Domestic partner health benefits
- Transgender-inclusive benefits
- Organizational competency practices
- Public commitment to the LGBT community
For the full list, visit HRC.org/apps/cei.