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2007 List of Best Places to Work’ released
HRC list denotes America’s best companies for LGBT workers

by Christopher Johnson

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) recently released its annual list of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” A total of 142 companies that achieve this honor will use the 2007 “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” seal to distinguish their company as a fair-minded employer. The seal is given to companies who score a perfect 100 percent on the Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index which measures policies and practices implemented to promote fairness and equality in the workplace for LGBT employees.

“This is our version of the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ showing that these 142 companies have a philosophy of inclusion and are committed to fairness and equality for all Americans,” said Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign. “Whether the seal is placed on recruiting materials used to attract new employees or prominently displayed at the entrance of a company’s store, this seal will act as a welcome mat for equality.”
Last year was a historic year for the advancement of equality in the workplace.

• The number of corporations designated “Best Places to Work” went from 101 in 2005 to 142 this year. The number scoring a perfect 100 percent on the Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index has grown tenfold in the last four years.

• For the first time ever, more than half of Fortune 500 companies now provide equal benefits for their LGBT employees’ partners.

• More than 80 percent of Fortune 500 companies now have policies in place that prevent workplace discrimination based upon sexual orientation, and 24 percent include gender identity.

“We are pleased to be able to offer this seal to help companies tell this story: Their business philosophy is one that includes the hard-work of LGBT Americans,” said Daryl Herrschaft, director of the Foundation’s Workplace Project. “We have reached a new point in corporate America where most companies appreciate the realities of life for LGBT people and have gone beyond simply enacting policies to visibly celebrating them as a business strategy to attract and retain top talent.”

Recently, many national publications have written about the movement of corporate America to become increasingly pro-equality. In the Dec. 11 issue of Fortune magazine, “Queer Inc. How Corporate America Fell in Love with Gays and Lesbians. It’s a Movement,” highlights how companies are not only implementing policies to protect their LGBT employees but also being very public about their support. As corporate America continues to become more inclusive by implementing domestic partner benefits and anti-discrimination policies, unfortunately federal and state laws continue to lag behind.

“Our government leaders should follow the example that has already been set in place throughout corporate America,” said Solmonese.

Advertising and Marketing
Starcom MediaVest Group, Chicago, Ill.

Aerospace and Defense
Boeing Co., Chicago, Ill.
Honeywell International Inc., Morristown, N.J.
Northrop Grumman Corp., Los Angeles, Calif.
Raytheon Co., Waltham, Mass.

AMR Corp, Fort Worth, Tex.
US Airways Group, Inc., Tempe, Ariz.

Apparel, Fashion, Textiles and Department Stores
Abercrombie & Fitch Co., New Albany, Ohio
Gap Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
Levi Strauss & Co., San Francisco, Calif.
Liz Claiborne Inc., New York, N.Y.
Nike Inc., Beaverton, Ore.
Nordstrom Inc., Seattle, Wash.

DaimlerChrysler Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich.
Ford Motor Co., Dearborn, Mich.
General Motors Corp., Detroit, Mich.
Volkswagen of America Inc., Auburn Hills, Mich.

Banking and Financial Services
American Express Co., New York, N.Y.
Ameriprise Financial Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
Bank of America Corp., Charlotte, N.C.
Capital One Financial Corp., McLean, Va.
Charles Schwab Corp., The, San Francisco, Calif.
Citigroup Inc., New York, N.Y.
Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, New York, N.Y.
Deutsche Bank, New York, N.Y.
Fannie Mae, Washington, D.C.
Goldman Sachs Group, New York, N.Y.
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., New York, N.Y.
Lehman Brothers Holdings, New York, N.Y.
Mellon Financial Corp., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Merrill Lynch & Co., New York, N.Y.
Morgan Stanley, New York, N.Y.
State Street Corp., Boston, Mass.
SunTrust Banks Inc., Atlanta, Ga.
Visa International, Foster City, Calif.
Wachovia Corp., Charlotte, N.C.
Wells Fargo & Co., San Francisco, Calif.

Chemicals and Biotechnology
Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich.
DuPont , Wilmington, Del.

Computer Software
Adobe, San Jose, Calif.
Intuit, Mountain View, Calif.
Microsoft, Redmond, Wash.
Computers and Data Services
ChoicePoint Inc., Alpharetta, Ga.
IBM Corp., Armonk, N.Y.

Computers and Office Equipment
Apple Computer Inc. Cupertino, Calif.
Cisco Systems Inc., San Jose, Calif.
Dell Inc., Round Rock, Texas
Hewlett-Packard Co., Palo Alto, Calif.
Lexmark International Inc., Lexington, Ky.
NCR Corp., Dayton, Ohio
Sun Microsystems Inc., Santa Clara, Calif.
Tech Data Corp., Clearwater, Fla.
Xerox Corp., Stamford, Conn.

Bain & Company Inc., Boston, Mass.
Deloitte & Touche USA LLP, New York, N.Y.
Ernst & Young LLP, New York, N.Y.
Hewitt Associates, Lincolnshire, Ill.
KPMG LLP, New York, N.Y.
McKinsey & Co. Inc., New York, N.Y.
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, New York, N.Y.

Entertainment and Media
Clear Channel Communications, Inc., San Antonio, Tex.
Google Inc., Mountain View, Calif.
Viacom Inc., New York, N.Y.
Walt Disney Co., Burbank, Calif.

Food and Beverage
Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., St. Louis, Mo.
Brinker International Inc., Dallas, Texas
Cargill Inc., Wayzata. Minn.
Coca-Cola Company, Atlanta, Ga.
Coors Brewing Company, Denver, Colo.
General Mills Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.
Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, Ill.
PepsiCo Inc., Purchase, N.Y.

Health Care
Aetna Inc., Hartford, Conn.
Bausch & Lomb Inc., Rochester, N.Y.
CIGNA Corp., Philadelphia, Pa.
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Inc., Wellesley, Mass.
Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, Calif.

High-Tech Photography and Science
Agere Systems Inc., Allentown, Pa.
Agilent Technologies Inc., Palo Alto, Calif.
Corning Inc., Corning, N.Y.
Eastman Kodak Co., Rochester, N.Y.
Freescale Semiconductor Inc., Austin, Texas
Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif.
Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.

Home Furnishing
Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Taylorsville, N.C.
Replacements Ltd., McLeansville, N.C.

Hotels, Resorts and Casinos
Carlson Companies Inc., Minnetonka, Minn.
Global Hyatt Corp., Chicago, Ill.
Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, Inc., San Francisco, Calif.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, White Plains, N.Y.
The Olivia Companies LLC, San Francisco, Calif.

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Minneapolis, Minn.
California State Automobile Association, San Francisco, Calif.
Chubb Corp., Warren, N.J.
CNA Insurance, Chicago, Ill.
ING North America Insurance Corp., Atlanta, Ga.
MetLife, Inc., New York, N.Y.
Nationwide, Columbus, Ohio
Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, N.J.

Law Firms
Alston & Bird LLP, Atlanta, Ga.
Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
Dorsey & Whitney, Minneapolis, Minn.
Faegre & Benson, Minneapolis, Minn.
Heller Ehrman LLP, San Francisco, Calif.
Jenner & Block LLP, Chicago, Ill.
McDermott Will & Emery LLP, Chicago, Ill.
Morrison & Foerster LLP, San Francisco, Calif.
Nixon Peabody LLP, Rochester, N.Y.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, San Francisco, Calif.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, San Francisco, Calif.
Powell Goldstein LLP, Atlanta, Ga.

Cummins Inc., Columbus, Ind.
Owens Corning, Toledo, Ohio

Bright Horizons Family Solutions Inc., Watertown, Mass.

Oil and Gas
BP America, Warrenville, Ill.
Chevron, San Ramon, Calif.

Bristol-Myers Squibb Co., New York, N.Y.
Eli Lilly & Co., Indianapolis, Ind.
GlaxoSmithKline , Philadelphia, Penn.
Hospira Inc., Lake Forest, Ill.
Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, N.J.
Merck & Co. Inc., Whitehouse Station, N.J.
Pfizer Inc., New York, N.Y.
Schering-Plough Corp., Kenilworth, N.J.

Publishing and Printing
CMP Media, Manhasset, N.Y.
New York Times, New York, N.Y.

Best Buy Co. Inc., Richfield, Minn.
Clorox Company, Oakland, Calif.
Estee Lauder Companies, New York, N.Y.
S.C. Johnson & Son, Inc., Racine, Wisc.
Sears Holdings Corporation, Hoffman Estates, Ill.
Walgreens Co., Deerfield, Ill.
Whirlpool Corp., Benton Harbor, Mich.

AT&T Inc., San Antonio, Tex.
Avaya Inc., Basking Ridge, N.J.
BellSouth Corp., Atlanta, Ga.
Lucent Technologies Inc., Murray Hill, N.J.
Motorola Inc., Schaumburg, Ill.
Sprint Nextel Corp, Reston, Va.

Consolidated Edison Co., New York, N.Y.
Keyspan Corp, Brooklyn, N.Y.
PG&E Corp., San Francisco, Calif.
Sempra Energy, San Diego, Calif.

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