Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) college students nearing graduation and preparing to pursue a career in their chosen fields are increasingly looking for employers who are LGBTQ-inclusive.
The Human Rights Campaign annually compiles and updates its Corporate Equality Index (CEI): a list of companies meeting criteria identifying them as LGBTQ-inclusive. HRC periodically increases the challenge for companies to earn a 100% CEI rating.
Corporations are evaluated for LGBTQ-inclusiveness in categories including:
- Non-discrimination policy, diversity training, and benefits regarding gender identity or gender expression
- Same-sex domestic partner and transgender-inclusive benefits
- LGBT employee resource group
- Corporate diversity council
- Engagement with and behavior toward the external LGBTQ community
Great progress has been made on making the workplaces more LGBTQ-friendly in recent years, as companies increasingly compete for new talent. The number of companies reaching the 100% level has steadily increased over time, even as HRC continues to increase the requirements to achieve such a rating.
A significant number of these companies are of particular interest to graduates in the science, engineering, and technology fields. Listed below are companies in the science, engineering, and technology areas, identified by the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals as scoring 100% on the HRC 2014 CEI from the numerous business segments employing talented science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals.
Science, Engineering, and Technology Firms Scoring 100% on Human Rights Campaign 2014 Corporate Equality Index*
Aerospace and Defense
Nissan North America
Volkswagen of America
Chemicals, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceuticals
Biogen Idec, Inc.
Boehringer Ingleheim USA
Dow Chemical Company
Johnson & Johnson
Merck & Co.
Novartia Phamaceuticals Corp.
Computer Hardware, Software, and Services
Automatic Data Processing, Inc
Broadridge Financial Solutions
CA Technologies, Inc.
Energy, Oil, Gas and Utilities
Portland Gas and Electric
Southern California Edison
Entertainment, Electronic Media, and Telecommunications
AMC Entertainment, Inc
Sirius XM Radio
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Time Warner Cable, Inc.
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Walt Disney Co.
Blue Shield Minnesota
Cardinal Health, Inc.
Care Fusion Corp.
Group Health Cooperative
United Health Group, Inc.
High Tech Photo/Science Equipment
Internet Services and Retailing
Herman Miller, Inc.
Rockwell Automation, Inc
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