Alston & Bird has once again earned a top rating of 100 percent in the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that measures commitment to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.
The survey marks the 13th consecutive year that the firm has achieved a perfect CEI score and earned the distinction as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality.
This year’s survey included 160 law firms, which were measured on 40 specific policies and practices. To earn a perfect score, firms must meet a series of LGBT commitment benchmarks, including having fully inclusive nondiscrimination policies. Additional criteria include demonstrating organizational LGBT competency and establishing internal guidelines prohibiting philanthropic giving to organizations that discriminate against LGBT people.
This is the second honor earned this month by Alston & Bird for its leadership in diversity and inclusion. It follows Fortune magazine’s 2016 “50 Best Workplaces for Diversity,” which singled out Alston & Bird as one of only two law firms among U.S. companies ranked as top employers for minorities, LGBT employees and women.
A copy of the 2017 CEI can be found on the Human Rights Campaign’s website.