On November 14, Monsanto was named a Best Place To Work for LGBT Equality by the Human Rights Campaign® (HRC). We received a 100 rating – the highest possible – on HRC’s 2013 Corporate Equality Index™ (CEI).
The rating recognizes Monsanto’s commitment to LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) workers through policies and practices that foster a diverse and equal opportunity workplace. The practices we were rated highly on include our equal employment opportunity policy, excellent spousal and partner health benefits and Encompass, Monsanto’s LGBT employee network.
“We are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive environment that is reflective of the talented people we employ,” said Nicole Ringenberg, Monsanto vice-president and controller and Encompass Network executive sponsor. “We are proud of our efforts to champion for our employees and recognitions like these are a great reflection of these efforts.”
HRC’s CEI report provides an in-depth analysis and rating of large U.S. employers and their policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Businesses rated 100 percent are recognized as "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” and included in HRC’s consumer "Buying for Equality" guide. This year, a total of 889 businesses were rated, including the entire Fortune 500. Monsanto was one of 252 businesses achieving the top rating of 100 percent.
Achieving a 100 percent score on HRC’s CEI is one among several workplace recognition awards we received this year. On November 14, the Great Place To Work institute named Monsanto among the World’s Best Multinational Workplaces.