Southern Company earns perfect score on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year

Southern Company earns perfect score on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index for the third consecutive year

May 16, 2019

Southern Company is recognized as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

For the third consecutive year, Southern Company has been named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, earning a perfect 100 percent score on the foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is the national benchmarking survey used to report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality.

Southern Company earned the CEI’s top score of 100, meeting new and higher benchmarks in the most comprehensive assessment of workplace LGBTQ inclusion in the 17-year history of the report.

“I am very proud that Southern Company maintains a 100 percent score – particularly this year as the hurdle was higher to achieve the full score,” said Chris Collier, director of talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion for Southern Company. “This recognition highlights our company’s collective efforts to ensure that all our people have the support they need to thrive.” 

The CEI rated mid-sized and large businesses on detailed criteria in four broad categories: (1) non-discrimination policies, (2) employment benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, (3) supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility, including commitment to LGBTQ equality, (4) responsible citizenship.

New this year, the CEI scoring criteria required that to earn a top score, businesses must maintain domestic partner benefits for same- and different-sex partners and require that their supplier diversity programs explicitly include LGBTQ-owned suppliers.

Southern Company is committed to creating an inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to contribute, flourish and advance. This recognition of Southern Company’s corporate culture and hiring practices joins national acknowledgements by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award.

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