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Unilever Earns Perfect Marks for Equality

Human Right’s Campaign's CEI evaluates corporate policies and practices on LGBT workplace equality.

Unilever has received a perfect score of 100% on the Human Right’s Campaign’s 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.
 
“We are honored to be recognized for an eighth straight year as one of the ‘Best Places to Work’ by the Human Rights Campaign,” said Mike Clementi, VP of human resources, Unilever North America. “As a company we work extremely hard to create an inclusive workplace—one where we uphold the belief that everyone should be treated equally and can feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work each day.”
 
Unilever supports the LGBT community through its PRIDE Group and diversity and inclusion initiatives including the Ad Council’s “Love Has No Labels” campaign. PRIDE (People Respecting Individuality, Diversity and Equality) is an LGBT Business Resource Group open to all Unilever employees that share a common goal of endorsing respect, individuality, diversity and equality throughout the
organization.
 
The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 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. The efforts of Unilever in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Place to Work” for LGBT equality.
 
“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership. Unilever not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values,” said Deena Fidas, HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director.

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