BOSTON, December 8, 2011—For the fifth consecutive year, The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) has earned a top rating of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, making it one of HRC’s 2012 “Best Places to Work.”
The Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rates large U.S. companies on their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. Its assessment covers such areas as LGBT employment and health benefits, recruiting and training programs, diversity of supplier relationships, and support of philanthropic organizations and equal-rights campaigns, among other criteria.
“Earning a perfect score on the CEI for the fifth consecutive year is truly exciting and highlights our commitment to ensuring full equality in the workplace,” said Rich Lesser, BCG’s chairman of North and South America. “BCG’s growth demands that we attract and retain the best people we can, with diverse backgrounds and exceptional problem-solving skills. It’s an honor to be recognized for our progressive career development and retention initiatives.”
Lesser noted that BCG has been a pioneer of LGBT equality in the workplace, having adopted domestic-partner benefits in the U.S. as early as 1994. In January of this year, BCG became one of the first consultancies to offer U.S. employees reimbursement for federal taxes levied on health benefits for same-sex domestic partners. And in March, it became the first consulting firm to receive HRC’s Workplace Equality Innovation Award for its successful People Development Initiative, a program of training, development support, and mentorship for LGBT employees.
Based in Washington, D.C., HRC is the largest LGBT advocacy group in the United States. The HRC Foundation conducts research, education, and outreach to encourage LGBT Americans to come out and live their lives openly.
For more information on the CEI or to download a free copy of the Corporate Equality Index 2012 report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.