The Happiest Place on Earth may also be the happiest place to work. The Walt Disney Company just announced its perfect score of 100 for LGBTQ workplace equality on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index. Given the company’s reputation for encouraging employee wellness, satisfaction, and equality, we’re not surprised one bit.
This is the 13th consecutive year that Disney has ranked highly on the Corporate Equality Index. A national survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the Corporate Equality Index evaluates corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. It evaluates companies’ LGBTQ-related policies and practices, from workforce protections and domestic partner benefits to transgender-inclusive health care benefits and public engagements with the LGBTQ community. The Walt Disney Company’s perfect score means that it met all of the evaluated criteria and passed with flying colors, something Disney officials and employees alike should be very proud of.
“We are committed to creating and sustaining a welcoming environment for all our employees,” said Latondra Newton, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of The Walt Disney Company. “We are proud of our longstanding commitment to LGBTQ workplace equality and recognize that we thrive when all people are valued and encouraged.”
— Walt Disney Company (@WaltDisneyCo) March 28, 2019
In Disney’s press release announcing the news, the company shared that it is committed to workplace equality and has been a leader in providing not only healthcare benefits to same-sex couples but also as supporting transitioning employees, fostering LGBTQ business employee resource groups, and providing training for employees and leaders on LGBTQ inclusion for well over a decade. In addition to internal company practices Disney also provides service and donations to outside organizations supporting the LGBTQ community, including Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, Trevor Project, GLSEN, GLAAD, Human Rights Campaign, and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
The Walt Disney Company is among several other companies to rank highly on the Corporate Equality Index, including Clorox and GE.