For the second consecutive year, Eastern Bank Corporation received a perfect score of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Eastern joins the ranks of 364 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.
“Eastern Bank is proud to be nationally recognized as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality,” said Nancy Stager, Executive Vice President, Human Resources & Charitable Giving, Eastern Bank. “We are firmly committed to providing a diverse workforce because it makes us a better employer and a better provider of service to our customers. Our workforce reflects our customer base and that allows us to truly understand the many challenges facing the diverse communities that we serve.”
The 2015 CEI rated 972 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. Eastern’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. Eastern Bank 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.”
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.