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In Good Company

Aetna receives top score for LGBTQ workplace equality for 15th year in a row

Dec 06 2016

Long committed to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community, Aetna continues to maintain an inclusive environment for its LGBT employees.  For its work, Aetna received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) – for the 15th year in a row.

The CEI is a national benchmarking survey on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. It is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC), the largest civil rights organization in America working to achieve LGBT equality. The 2017 CEI report included ratings of 887 employers.

Aetna is one of only nine companies to receive a perfect score since the CEI was first administered

“As a pioneer in this space, Aetna is one of only nine companies—and the only one in our industry—to have achieved a 100 percent rating each year since the Human Rights Campaign Foundation introduced the benchmark in 2002,” said Grace Figueredo, Aetna’s vice president of Workplace Culture, Diversity & Inclusion. “And whereas we stand on a strong track record, maintaining a culture of inclusion in which our LGBTQ colleagues can bring their full selves to work requires diligence. Every year the bar is raised as best practices evolve and more companies embrace LGBTQ workplace equality. This is even more reason for us to be incredibly proud to be named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality for the fifteenth year in a row.”

Aetna is among 517 U.S. businesses that earned top marks this year. The 2017 CEI rated businesses in the report for criteria that include: non-discrimination workplace policies, employment benefits, organization competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBTQ equality and responsible citizenship.

A photo of the Aetna headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut, where a pride flag is displayed

The pride flag flies on top of Aetna’s headquarters in Hartford, Connecticut.

887 companies were rated in the 2017 CEI report

In the mid-1990s, Aetna implemented changes to many policies affecting domestic partners. In early 2009, Aetna was the first major health benefits company to offer transgender-inclusive benefits for its employees and any contracted companies choosing to do so for their employees. The company also expanded coverage in 2015 for gender reassignment procedures for student health plans and all commercial business, including individual and small group plans.

Aetna is a founding corporate partner of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Aetna Chairman and CEO Mark T. Bertolini is the Chamber’s first straight-ally board member. The company also partners with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a national organization committed to LGBTQ workplace equality.

The company was recognized for diversity by several organizations in 2014, including DiversityInc, as one of the “Top 50 Companies for Diversity”; and the National Association of Female Executives, as one of the “Top 50 Companies For Executive Women.” Black Enterprise also named Figueredo a “Top Executive in Corporate Diversity.”