Battelle Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index
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COLUMBUS, Ohio ~ Battelle, the world's largest private non-profit research and development organization, has achieved a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). This index is the nation's foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Battelle joins the ranks of 545 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

Lou Von Thaer, President and CEO of Battelle, expressed his pride in receiving this high score that recognizes their commitment to equality in their workplace. "We value the CEI as a resource to measure our progress," he said. "We remain dedicated to continuing these conversations and taking steps to ensure our employees are heard, represented and respected at work."

The results of the 2023-2024 CEI demonstrate how U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ+ friendly workplace policies in the U.S. and abroad. The first year of the CEI included 319 participants, while this year it includes 1,384 participants; further demonstrating its tremendous trajectory with 1,340 businesses having non-discrimination protections specific to gender identity - up from just 17 in 2002 - covering 21 million employees in the U.S. and around the world.

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Battelle's efforts have earned them a score of 100 and the designation as recipient of the Equality 100 Award: Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion since 2020 when they first participated in the index with a score of 75 which improved to 95 in 2021 and 100 for two consecutive years now.

Storm Woods, Battelle's Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI), believes that inclusion drives innovation: "Battelle is focused on leveraging science and innovation to make the world a better place and to accomplish our goals, we must first ensure that our employees and their families have what they need to bring their full, authentic selves to their work."

The CEI rates employers providing crucial protections to over 20 million U.S workers as well as 18 million outside of it; including Fortune magazine's 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine's top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid-to large-sized businesses. It 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

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RaShawn "Shawnie" Hawkins from Human Rights Campaign Sr Director of Workplace Equality said that they work with companies in a spirit of partnership providing educational resources leading benchmarking while collaborating on ways for businesses to support the LGBTQ+ community at a time when they face unprecedented legislative attacks as well as heightened anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and physical violence

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