Nashville, Tenn. (November 9, 2017) – Bass, Berry & Sims is pleased to announce that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey that reports on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. Bass, Berry & Sims was the only Nashville-based company to receive a 100 percent ranking and was one of only seven companies headquartered in Tennessee included in the list. Bass, Berry & Sims joins the ranks of 609 U.S. companies earning a 100 percent ranking and the designation of being a "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality."
"Bass, Berry & Sims takes great pride in its inclusive and welcoming culture that's essential to the firm's continued success," said Todd Rolapp, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims. "We're honored to receive a rating that reflects our commitment to diversity with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity in areas of leadership, advancement, recruiting and culture. We aim to foster a welcoming workplace for all and ensure our communities see Bass, Berry & Sims as a model of inclusiveness."
Bass, Berry & Sims' commitment to diversity and inclusion starts at the highest level through its Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Plan. The plan upholds the firm's responsibility to build a workplace rich in diversity, reflecting the clients and the communities it serves. Bass, Berry & Sims' Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Affinity Group also plays a key role in the firm's ongoing efforts regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. The LGBT Affinity Group is open to all Bass, Berry & Sims attorneys and staff and raises awareness within the firm about its commitment to be welcoming of all forms of diversity. Members of the group bring their unique perspectives to help the firm better understand and respond to the challenges faced by LGBT group members.
The 2018 Corporate Equality Index evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Bass, Berry & Sims' ongoing efforts satisfied the Corporate Equality Index's criteria, resulting in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
About Bass, Berry & Sims PLC
With more than 270 attorneys representing numerous publicly traded companies and Fortune 500 businesses, Bass, Berry & Sims PLC has been involved in some of the largest and most significant business transactions, investigations and litigation matters in the country. For more information, visit www.bassberry.com.
About Human Right Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, work and in every community. For more information on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, visit www.hrc.org/cei.