Kaiser Permanente Earns Top Marks in 2016 Corporate Equality Index

Organization earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 14th Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality

Nov 18, 2015, 11:00 ET from Kaiser Permanente

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 18, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- As it has each year for the past decade, Kaiser Permanente has achieved a top score on the Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.  Kaiser Permanente earned a 100 percent score in the 2016 survey, and joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses earning top marks this year.

"This recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for the 10th year in a row is a powerful validation of Kaiser Permanente's commitment to diversity and inclusion," said Chuck Columbus, senior vice president and chief Human Resources officer. "We continue our focus on attracting and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce to deliver the highest quality, culturally competent care to our equally diverse members, patients and communities."

"Kaiser Permanente works diligently to ensure our workforce is representative of the members, patients and communities we serve," added Ronald L. Copeland, MD, FACS, senior vice president and chief Diversity and Inclusion officer. "We are proud to be recognized for our industry-leading diversity and inclusion practices. Cultivating the growth and well-being of all of our employees regardless of their race, ethnicity, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation, or gender identity is increasingly part of our culture and strategic priorities."  

The Human Rights Campaign is America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, the organization strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.

"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. "Kaiser Permanente 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."

The 2016 CEI report rated 1,027 businesses on their 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. Kaiser Permanente's efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria resulted in a 100 percent score and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.

In addition to being a recognized leader in workplace equality, earlier this year the Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized Kaiser Permanente's efforts around health care equality. All 38 of Kaiser Permanente's hospitals across the country achieved leadership status for their commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBT patients and their families in the HRC Foundation's Healthcare Equality Index 2014 report.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, our mission is to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 10 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.

Caitlin Cobb 

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