Faegre & Benson LLP once again achieved a top rating of 100 percent in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates employers nationwide on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers and investors. The firm has received a perfect score in this index every year since 2004, when it became the first law firm in Minnesota to earn a rating on it—reinforcing Faegre & Benson's position as a recognized leader in promoting diversity in the legal community.
"Diversity is a core value at Faegre & Benson—and that means respect and inclusion for everyone," said Michael A. Ponto, chair of the firm's Diversity Committee. "We are proud to be among the large law firm leaders in supporting and strengthening our GLBT communities."
GLBT issues are fully integrated into Faegre & Benson's diversity efforts. The firm maintains an inclusive equal employment opportunity policy that covers both sexual orientation and gender identity, includes GLBT couples and families in its benefits programs, covers GLBT issues in its workplace diversity training, and engages in concerted outreach to GLBT candidates in its recruiting efforts.
The Corporate Equality Index bases its ratings of more than 500 businesses in various sectors on factors such as non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees.