JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Nov. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the seventh straight year, Florida Blue's strong commitment to policies and practices supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees has resulted in a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Florida Blue, the leading health solutions company in Florida, joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.
"Florida Blue's score reflects the focus we've placed on diversity within the workforce, which we know helps us better understand who we serve," said Pat Geraghty, Chairman and CEO of Florida Blue. "We are proud to be a leader on LGBT workplace inclusiveness in Florida, and being named a Best Place To Work acknowledges that. Engaged employees are a key ingredient for a business to be successful." Geraghty also serves as the chairman of the Florida Businesses for a Competitive Workforce coalition.
The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 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. Florida Blue's efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
"In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership," said HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas. "Florida Blue not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values."
For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About Florida Blue
Florida Blue, Florida's Blue Cross and Blue Shield company, is a leader in Florida's health care industry. Driven by its mission to help people and communities achieve better health, Florida Blue has more than 4 million health care members across the state. An additional 15.5 million people in 16 states are served through its affiliated companies. Florida Blue is a subsidiary of GuideWell Mutual Holding Company, a not-for-profit, policyholder-owned, tax-paying mutual company. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., Florida Blue is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies. For more information, visit www.floridablue.com.
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