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Unilever Honored by Human Rights Campaign

By Christine Esposito, Associate Editor | January 15, 2014

100% score on CEI Index for LGBT-related policies and practices.

For the sixth year running, Unilever has been named one of the “Best Places to Work” by Human Rights Campaign, achieving a perfect score of 100% on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), which is used as a measure to rank US. companies on their treatment of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) employees, consumers and investors.

The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.

Sumeet Salwan, Unilever’s senior vice president, Human Resources, noted, “At Unilever, we firmly believe that diversity, agile working and performance are all inherently connected. To build a high performing organization and meet our growth ambitions, we need to foster an inclusive environment where our diverse employees can bring all of themselves to work every day. Building flexibility and inclusion drives this output-oriented culture for us.”

Unilever supports the LGBT community at work through its People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality (PRIDE) Network, which is open to all Unilever employees that share a common goal of endorsing respect, individuality, diversity, and equality throughout the organization.

“From the great work of our PRIDE business resource group, to the activism of Ben & Jerry’s to the benefits available for domestic partners and spouses, this recognition demonstrates our commitment to our values of equality and celebrating differences across gender, ethnicity, LGBT, generations and different working styles,” Salwan added.
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