LEHIGH VALLEY, Pa., Dec. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Air Products (NYSE: APD), a world-leading industrial gases company, announced today it earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
"We are very pleased to have earned a perfect score on the CEI. Air Products places great importance on having a diverse workforce and a work environment that is inclusive and respectful," said Jennifer Grant, vice president and chief human resources officer at Air Products. "We believe this recognition from the Human Rights Campaign demonstrates that Air Products is a company that attracts and retains the best talent, and one that strives to earn the respect of our customers and communities."
Grant added that Air Products recently published new Sustainability goals for 2020, and that one of the new goals established is to be the world's most diverse and inclusive industrial gas company.
Air Products' efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and earned the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality. Air Products was one of 517 major businesses which earned 2017's top mark. In all, CEI rated 1,043 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.
For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program.
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.
About Air Products
Air Products (NYSE: APD) is a world-leading Industrial Gases company in operation for over 75 years. The Company's core industrial gases business provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world's leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.
The Company had fiscal 2016 sales of $9.5 billion and has a current market capitalization of approximately $30 billion. Approximately 17,000 employees in 50 countries strive to make Air Products the world's safest and best performing industrial gases company, providing sustainable offerings and excellent service to all customers. For more information, visit www.airproducts.com.
NOTE: This release may contain forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's reasonable expectations and assumptions as of the date of this release regarding important risk factors. Actual performance and financial results may differ materially from projections and estimates expressed in the forward-looking statements because of many factors not anticipated by management, including risk factors described in the Company's Form 10K for its fiscal year ended September 30, 2016.
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