For the sixth consecutive year, Mayer Brown has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. Mayer Brown joins the ranks of 407 major US businesses which also earned top marks this year.
“In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership,” said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas. “Mayer Brown 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 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. Mayer Brown’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a perfect score of 100 and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
“Mayer Brown is committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive work environment that affords all of our lawyers and employees an equal opportunity to succeed and perform at the highest level,” said Jeremiah DeBerry, Mayer Brown’s Director of Diversity & Inclusion. “It also makes sound business sense by broadening our knowledge, heightening our sensitivity to cultural issues and empowering us to respond to the challenges of serving a global clientele.”
Mayer Brown’s Committee on Diversity & Inclusion is involved in several LGBT rights initiatives. The firm serves as a national sponsor of the Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, a leading legal services organization seeking to establish and protect LGBT civil rights. Additionally, each year the firm sponsors several LGBT community organizations.
HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.