Gilbane announces its 2023-2024 rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's assessment of LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
PROVIDENCE, R.I., Dec. 5, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Gilbane Building Company has received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation's foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Gilbane joins the ranks of 545 major U.S. businesses that also earned a top score this year.
"We are very proud to receive this recognition of our efforts to build an equitable and inclusive workplace," said Katherine Johnson, Chief People Officer, Gilbane Building Company. "This CEI rating is a testament to our commitment to promoting a culture that values and respects all people. We are dedicated to creating a workplace that promotes visibility and education around LGBTQ+ matters, and we will continue to focus our efforts on supporting inclusion and belonging for all of our people."
The results of the 2023-2024 CEI showcase how companies are promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies. The first year of the CEI included 319 participants, and the 2023-2024 CEI now includes 1,384 participants, further demonstrating the tremendous trajectory of the CEI. A record-breaking 1,340 businesses have non-discrimination protections specific to gender identity, up from just 17 in 2002. These critical non-discrimination protections cover 21 million employees in the U.S. and around the globe. Gilbane's efforts in satisfying all the CEI's criteria earned a score of 100 and the designation as recipient of the Equality 100 Award: Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion.
"Gilbane has a robust employee resource group (ERG) program and we're proud of their work to support an inclusive culture," said Kavon Archie, Senior Inclusion Manager, Gilbane Building Company. "Our PRIDE ERG is a trusted resource supporting LGBTQIA causes and matters both within Gilbane and throughout the industry. We applaud PRIDE and all of our ERGs for their commitment to enhancing career and personal development and making a difference in building a sense of belonging across our organization."
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families
- Supporting an inclusive culture
- Corporate social responsibility
"For well over two decades, businesses have played an important role in furthering LGBTQ+ equality by centering employee needs and voices when it comes to workplace inclusion. While there is much more work to be done, year-over-year growth in CEI participation is evidence of a business community that recognizes the responsibility and value in upholding equity and inclusion," said RaShawn "Shawnie" Hawkins, Human Rights Campaign Sr Director of Workplace Equality. "Our goal at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is to work in a spirit of partnership with companies, providing educational resources and leading benchmarking, and collaborating on ways for businesses to support the LGBTQ+ community at a time when we face unprecedented legislative attacks, heightened anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and physical violence. The CEI is an ever-evolving tool – a blueprint that companies can use to show up more effectively in supporting their LGBTQ+ employees and their families."
The full report is available online at http://www.hrc.org/cei.
About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation:
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public's understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.
About Gilbane Building Company:
Gilbane Building Company is a global leader in construction management, delivering high-quality projects for clients across various markets. Gilbane provides a full slate of construction and facilities-related services – from preconstruction planning and integrated consulting capabilities to comprehensive construction management, general contracting, design-build, and facility management services. Founded in 1870, Gilbane is still a privately held, family-owned company. With more than 45 office locations worldwide, Gilbane brings world-class experience to local communities.
For more information, visit http://www.gilbaneco.com.
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