BCBSRI earns perfect score on Corporate Equality Index

THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN Foundation Corporate Equality Index gave Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island the only perfect score on its list for a company headquartered in the Ocean State.
THE HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN Foundation Corporate Equality Index gave Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island the only perfect score on its list for a company headquartered in the Ocean State.

PROVIDENCE – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island earned a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation Corporate Equality Index, measuring a company’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality policies.

The health care insurer was the only Rhode Island-headquartered company to earn a perfect score in the report, which covers the prohibition of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, medical benefits and health care policies, internal training, whether or not a company has a diversity council, philanthropic giving guidelines and outreach, and contractor and supplier guidelines.

“The core of Blue Cross’ vision is to passionately lead a state of health and well-being across Rhode Island, and a key component of that is our diverse and inclusive workforce,” said Visael Rodriguez, BCBSRI vice president and chief people officer, in a release Thursday. “Our differences, including our unique perspectives, strengthen us as an organization so that we can better serve the richly diverse communities of Rhode Island.”

BCBSRI said that it had received a perfect score in the rankings for five consecutive years.

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Citizens Financial Group Inc. and CVS Health Corp. tied for the second-highest score of Rhode Island-headquartered companies on the list, each with a score of 90. It was not immediately clear in which category Citizens did not score full points , while CVS was docked in the category about “equivalency in same- and different-sex domestic partner medical and soft benefits.”

Hasbro Inc. was the fourth-highest rated Rhode Island company with a score of 85. Hasbro lost points related to health care coverage and benefits.

Textron Inc. was the lowest-ranked Rhode Island-headquartered company with a score of 30. Textron lost points related to policies related to sexual identity, health care and benefits, internal training, outreach and for the lack of an employee group or diversity council at the company.

Participation in the HRC’s ratings was voluntary.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” stated HRC President Chad Griffin. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do – it’s also good for business.”

Other companies with significant Rhode Island operations included in the study (sorted by score, then alphabetized):

  • Amgen Inc. – 100
  • Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. – 100
  • CBRE Inc. – 100
  • Cox Enterprises – 100
  • Dunkin Brands Group Inc. – 100
  • Ernst & Young – 100
  • Johnson & Johnson – 100
  • KPMG – 100
  • Locke Lord LLP – 100
  • Marsh & McLennan Cos. – 100
  • MetLife Inc. – 100
  • Morgan Stanley – 100
  • Nixon Peabody LLP – 100
  • OppenheimerFunds Inc. – 100
  • Rockland Trust Co. – 100
  • TD Bank N.A. – 100
  • Tiffany & Co. – 100
  • Tufts Health Plan – 100
  • UnitedHealth Group Inc. – 100
  • Fidelity Investments – 90
  • General Electric Co. – 90
  • Raytheon Co. – 90
  • Saint-Gobain Corp. – 90
  • Verizon Communications Inc. – 90
  • National Grid USA – 85
  • Bank of America Corp. – 75
  • General Dynamics Corp. – 75
  • Schneider Electric – 75
  • Infosys Ltd. – 50

Chris Bergenheim is the PBN web editor. Email him at Bergenheim@PBN.com.