Corporate Equality Index 2021 graphicWe are thrilled to announce that Indeed has been named a Top Workplace for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) for the fourth year in a row.

Indeed once again received a perfect score of 100 percent on its 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Indeed joins the ranks of over 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

View the full report here.

Setting a standard for LGBTQ inclusion

Austin Pride celebration 2019
Austin Pride celebration 2019

Completing the survey was a collaborative effort across several teams with members of Indeed’s iPride Inclusion Group working closely with our Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging team from the beginning to satisfy all of the CEI’s criteria, which earned us a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

Lindsay Brothers, Sr. Product Manager in San Francisco and former Regional iPride Co-Chair, led the charge. She recalls, “I joined Indeed in 2016 and I was blown away by how inclusive the company was. From the outside and prior to joining, I knew nothing about the culture. I wanted to get an HRC score in order to understand where we stood.” Lindsay reached out to HRC in 2017 and organized an informational call that included several members of iPride and their Executive Sponsor, SVP of HR Paul Wolfe.

“The first year, we were excited and nervous. Indeed had inclusive policies, but had little understanding of the HRC process. Our first score of 100 was a cause for celebration, but we knew it was just the beginning,” Lindsay said.

Opening the door to new partnerships

Participation in the HRC CEI opened the door for Indeed to engage in other benchmark surveys, such as the Disability Equality Index, helping to build a roadmap of measurable, tangible actions towards inclusion and equality. Additionally, it led to several new corporate partnerships with organizations such as Out & Equal and Lesbians Who Tech and sparked the creation of Indeed’s Gender Identity and Transition Guidelines.

New York City Pride Parade 2019
New York City Pride Parade 2019

For Lindsay, the growth, success and support iPride has experienced over the years has been incredible. “iPride brings value to Indeed, with an active voice in product development, recruiting practices, and HR processes. We go beyond the HRC score of 100 every day and we work closely with Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging, senior leadership and groups across Indeed to build a truly inclusive culture.”

With a successful engagement strategy that includes hosting intersectional events with other IRGs and quickly pivoting to virtual events to support employees during the pandemic, iPride continues to create a sense of belonging.

About the survey

The 2021 CEI rated companies by evaluating LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Company scores are based 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; and,
  • Corporate social responsibility.

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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

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