The fight for equality most notably found its beginnings with the women's rights movement and the civil rights movement in the early parts of the twentieth century; however, many would argue that the battle is far from over. The new millennium ushered in a wave of change on the front of LGBT equality, encouraging organizations worldwide to show support for employees that identify within those communities.
Although other companies have been slower to embrace this mentality, Ford Motor Company need not count itself among them. Recently, the Blue Oval received a notable 100 percent on this year's Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index, the highest score possible; the perfect marks reinforce the automaker's belief that equality in the workplace is something to be prioritized, not simply accepted.
The Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking survey and report, which accounts for corporate practices and policies relevant to LGBT equality in the workplace. This year, the Index rated over one thousand businesses on how they fell within the standard categories related to LGBT practices and policies, including domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, non-discrimination workplace protections, public engagement with the LGBT community, and competency programs. While other organizations have yet to reach the paragon Ford set within the rankings, 2016's perfect score is not the first time that Ford's received gold stars - every year since 2004, it's received nothing short of 100 percent.
As Meeta Higgins, the chief diversity officer at Ford Motor Company, said, “Ford is committed to creating an environment that promotes diversity and inclusion within our workforce and communities. The diverse backgrounds of our employees truly make us a stronger company and we are extremely proud of our policies and programs that support equality."
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