Bass, Berry & Sims is honored to announce that, for the fifth year in a row, it received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. The firm’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned it the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.
Of the 1,271 companies included on the full list this year, Bass, Berry & Sims joins the ranks of more than 840 major U.S. businesses that earned a perfect score. Only eight Tennessee-based companies earned a perfect score in 2022. Among the 166 law firms on the 2022 list, 141 earned a score of 100. When the CEI was first launched in 2002, only 13 companies achieved a top-score, demonstrating the incredible impact the CEI has had on the business world over its 20-year life. This year’s CEI reflects growth across every measurement category, from the adoption of inclusive non-discrimination policies, to equitable healthcare benefits for transgender employees.
“We are proud to again be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign as one of the ‘Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.’ Bass, Berry & Sims remains committed to supporting our LGBTQ+ colleagues and collaborating with our peers to advance inclusion in the workplace,” said Todd Rolapp, managing partner of Bass, Berry & Sims.
In addition to this recognition, Bass, Berry & Sims has received notable recognition for its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Last year, the firm was recognized with the following:
- Corporate Diversity Winner – Nashville LGBT Chamber’s 2021 Pride in Business Awards
- Best Law Firms for Women — Seramount (formerly Working Mother Media)
The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities.
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families.
- Supporting an inclusive culture.
- Corporate social responsibility.
The full report is available online at www.hrc.org/cei.
About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. More information can be found on the organization’s website.