Replacements, Ltd. Recognized as National Leader in the Continued Push for Workplace Equality
GREENSBORO, N.C.– The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the nation’s largest gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) civil rights organization, awarded Replacements, Ltd. a perfect score on the HRC Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index released earlier today. The report rates on a scale from 0 to 100 how major American companies treat GLBT employees, consumers and investors. This marks the eighth consecutive year the world’s largest supplier of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles has received a perfect score. Replacements is one of only 11 companies that have achieved a 100 percent rating every year since the index began in 2002.
“It means so much to me to see more companies responding to the concerns of the GLBT community and protecting the rights of all workers so they don’t have to endure the discrimination that so many of us experienced early on,” says Replacements’ Founder and CEO Bob Page. “I think these numbers clearly indicate a growing recognition that GLBT people are highly valued by their employers. These businesses understand that GLBT people face a huge amount of legal and financial uncertainty because Washington and most state governments refuse to find a workable solution; as a result, these companies stand up and fill in the gaps.”
The CEI 2010 rates 590 businesses on factors such as non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees. Of that number, 305 companies received a perfect score, a 20 percent increase over the past 12 months.
“The Corporate Equality Index 2010 shows that, even in the most challenging economy, leading employers are forging ahead of federal and state law to recruit and retain a diverse workforce — regardless of employees’ sexual orientation and gender identity or expression,” said Human Rights Campaign Foundation President Joe Solmonese. “While Congress considers a federal law that prohibits workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression, businesses can take immediate steps to ensure all employees in their workforce are treated fairly today. These 305 businesses, and all employers actively working to improve their rating, set an example for all U.S. employers, including the federal government.”
The 305 top-rated businesses collectively employ more than nine million full-time employees. Federal law does not protect employees from discrimination based on real or perceived gender identity or sexual orientation, although many cities, counties and states have such protections. Similarly, the HRC Foundation says employer-based health insurance benefits typically don't cover GLBT workers and their families. Replacements was one of the first companies in North Carolina to offer domestic partner benefits.
In addition to Replacements, Ltd., other companies that have achieved a 100 percent rating every year since the HRC started its index include Nike, Apple Computer, Eastman Kodak and J.P. Morgan Chase. The Corporate Equality Index 2010 report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.
About Replacements, Ltd.
Founded by Bob Page in 1981, Replacements, Ltd. carries the world’s largest selection of old and new china, crystal, silver and collectibles. The company’s 415,000 square foot facilities house an inventory of nearly 14 million pieces from over 320,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Replacements, Ltd. serves more than ten million customers worldwide.
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The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
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