Saint-Gobain Earns Strong Score on Human Rights Campaign’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index
Enhancements in Saint-Gobain’s LGBTQ-inclusive educational offerings allowed the company to earn a score of 90 out of 100% for the second consecutive year, against more stringent evaluation criteria.
Saint-Gobain recently announced that it has received a 90% score on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for its LGBTQ inclusion efforts. The CEI reports on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. Enhancements in Saint-Gobain’s LGBTQ-inclusive educational offerings allowed the company to earn a score of 90 out of 100% for the second consecutive year, against more stringent evaluation criteria.
“Saint-Gobain is dedicated to demonstrating the highest level of commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality, and under the Diversity and Inclusion Council’s leadership, we’ve made tremendous strides in developing and implementing practices to ensure we are creating a culture where employees feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work each day,” said Mark Rayfield, CEO of Saint-Gobain North America. “We understand there is still great opportunity for growth, and our score on this year’s CEI points to the areas, like education, where we have achieved success, and also provides valued insights for how we can improve our processes.”
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, administers the CEI survey every year to evaluate companies’ employment benefits, policies and practices, and resources for the LGBTQ community. The 2019 Corporate Equality Index included new criteria for companies to achieve success: an offer of parity between different-and same-sex spouses, as well as available coverage for domestic partners of enrollees, removal of transgender exclusions from all benefits plans, and inclusion of LGBTQ suppliers as part of the supplier diversity program.
“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said Chad Griffin, HRC president. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do—it’s also good for business.”
Saint-Gobain was able to score a 90, even under the updated stringent criteria, by implementing enhanced educational offerings, including LGBTQ-inclusive on-boarding trainings; LGBTQ-inclusive unconscious bias trainings; and site visits to plants in California, Texas, and Arkansas to discuss initiatives related to the company’s LGBTQ-focused Employee Resource Group (ERG), LIVE Open, and general LGBTQ education. LIVE Open, which launched in 2017, has also been actively involved in encouraging an unconditionally welcoming workplace environment that motivates employees to bring their authentic selves to work each day. LIVE Open members participated in more than 30 events last year, including the Out & Equal Workplace Summit, to increase awareness for topics of inclusion around LGBTQ concerns, launched a new chapter in Gaithersburg, Md., and participated in Pride festivals across the country.
“The changing criteria for evaluation on the index reflect the ever-evolving LGBTQ landscape and motivate Saint-Gobain to continue to improve our overall employee offerings and raise awareness for issues that are top-of-mind for LGBTQ employees,” said Michael Cahill, chair of the Saint-Gobain North America Diversity and Inclusion Council, and vice president and general manager of Saint-Gobain Crystals and NorPro. “We’re proud to bring together diverse ideas and perspectives that ultimately drive our business growth and create a workplace that fosters an underlying sense of belonging.”