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WMSBF Members Receive High Marks for LGBT Equality

WMSBF members Whirlpool, Herman Miller, and Steelcase received extremely high scores on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual report by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that measures companies’ commitment to LGBT equality.

Whirlpool and Herman Miller scored perfect 100 percent scores in the CEI, which scores participating corporations based on nine specific criteria.  Steelcase was also highly rated, receiving an almost-perfect score of 90 percent.

“We believe our efforts, through policy changes and corporate culture, are just a small part of a bigger movement,” said Jeff Fettic, chairman and CEO of Whirlpool Corporation in an interview with the Grand Rapids Business journal.  “We’re extremely proud to be among the index’s top companies for another year and believe everyone should have a workplace where they feel fully included for their unique identity. This latest achievement shows us we continue to offer a workplace environment our employees can be proud of.”

Scores are based on individual survey responses. Criteria in the 2014 CEI included prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, specific health insurance and benefit offerings, employer support of diversity initiatives, and positive engagement with the external LGBT community.

All companies included on Fortune Magazine’s 1000 largest publicly-traded businesses and American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms are invited to participate in the CEI, and any private sector for-profit employer with 500 or more full-time employees can request to participate.

The number of companies that have received perfect, 100-percent scores has risen from 13 in 2002, the first year the CEI was implemented, to 304 in 2013.

For the complete 2014 Corporate Equality Index, click here.

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