Google, Yahoo, Ebay, Dell, Apple and
Gap are among the 190 companies scoring top marks in the Human Rights
Campaign's (HRC) latest Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
2012 edition of the index, released last week, ranks 190
companies with a perfect score.
HRC ranked each company on several gay,
lesbian, bisexual and transgender workplace policies and assigned a
rating from 0- to 100- percent.
A record 337 companies ranked 100
percent in last year's index and received the group's coveted Best
Places to Work for LGBT Equality designation.
In 2012, however, HRC upped the ante.
For the first time, companies must provide coverage for medically
necessary care for transgender individuals to receive a 100 percent
“A remarkable 190 businesses
succeeded in scoring 100 percent,” HRC President Joe Solmonese said
in the report. “This rating reflects equal health care coverage
for all LGBT employees and their families, including full parity for
domestic partner benefits not only in basic medical coverage, but in
dependent care, retirement and other benefits that affect families'
financial and medical well-being.”
Ten of the top 20 Fortune-ranked
companies scored a 100% rating, including Chevron (Fortune rank 3),
Bank of America (5), AT&T (7), Ford Motor (8), JPMorgan Chase
(9), Hewlett-Packard (10), Citigroup (12), Cardinal Health (17), Well
Fargo (19) and IBM (20).
Top 20 Fortune-ranked companies which
scored poorly include Verizon (20% score), Berkshire Hathaway (15%),
Wal-Mart (60%) and Exxon Mobil (-25%).