CHICAGO, Dec. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the country's largest customer-owned health insurer, received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. Administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.
"We are extremely proud to be recognized as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality," said Manika Turnbull, vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer, HCSC. "Health Care Service Corporation values the diversity of our employees and strives to maintain an inclusive work environment. Our perfect score reflects our dedication to upholding our core values of integrity, commitment, respect and caring. We aim to continue our efforts through the coming years to ensure our employees feel connected, respected and valued for being themselves."
HCSC, which operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Montana, strives to make diversity and inclusion a priority in how the company serves and interacts with customers, providers and the community, as well as by creating an environment where all employees can thrive. In addition to aligning diversity initiatives with business strategies and enhancing diversity management skills among employees, the company also offers several Business Resource Groups, including the HCSC Pride Alliance. This is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered group, which also includes Allies, that works to foster a successful, diverse workforce through sponsored educational seminars, an open membership policy, networking, mentoring, community outreach efforts and employee cultural awareness activities. For additional information about diversity and inclusion initiatives at HCSC, visit www.hcsc.com/diversity.html.
HCSC was among 1,043 businesses rated in the 2017 CEI report and among 517 companies that earned top marks. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About Health Care Service Corporation
Health Care Service Corporation is the country's largest customer-owned health insurer and fourth largest health insurer overall, with more than 15 million members in its Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans in Illinois, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. A Mutual Legal Reserve Company, HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. HCSC has a rating of A+ (Strong) from Standard and Poor's, A1 (Good) from Moody's and A (Excellent) from A.M. Best Company. For more information, please visit HCSC.com, visit our Facebook page or follow us at www.twitter.com/HCSC.
About Human Rights 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. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
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