Replacements, Ltd. Recognized as National Leader in Push for Workplace Equality
GREENSBORO, N.C., November 19, 2014 – The Human Rights Campaign Foundation this morning recognized Replacements, Ltd. as a national leader in the push for workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. This marks the thirteenth consecutive year Replacements has earned a perfect score on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
The annual report rates on a scale from zero to 100 percent how major American companies treat LGBT employees, consumers and investors on factors such as workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, competency policies and public engagement with the LGBT community. Replacements is one of only nine companies in the nation to achieve a 100 percent rating since the index began in 2002, and the only North Carolina-based company to achieve a perfect score all thirteen years.
The Greensboro retailer joined other major businesses in North Carolina and across the country in the fight for marriage equality ten years ago. In 2013, Replacements broke new ground in the push for marriage equality by joining a business coalition arguing, as friends of the court, that the United States Supreme Court should find unconstitutional a key section of the discriminatory Defense of Marriage Act. The Supreme Court’s decision in that case, Windsor v. United States, has led to more than 50 Federal and state court decisions affirming the legal right of gays and lesbians to marry. Just last month, North Carolina became one of 33 states to recognize same sex-marriage rights, and marriage equality has been cleared in two additional states as of now. With a final challenge to marriage equality expected to be resolved by the United States Supreme Court in the year to come, Replacements, Ltd. plans to continue its outspoken advocacy.
“While it’s been a big year for equality, we still have much to do,” says Replacements’ Founder and CEO Bob Page. “The LGBT community is small and has too often been used for political purposes to drive a wedge between people and their neighbors. Business leaders have a really big voice here in America, so for companies to speak out in their support of their LGBT employees and civil rights is really important. Corporations can create and direct change that positively impacts LGBT people as employees and customers. That’s why it’s so vital that corporate America continue to push our lawmakers for employment and housing non-discrimination protections that have stalled federally for more than 20 years. You can still be fired for being gay or lesbian in 29 states, including North Carolina.”
The 2015 CEI rated 971 businesses in the report; a record 366 received a 100 percent ranking.
“In order to achieve a perfect score, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating their LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job,” says HRC President Chad Griffin. “We also look at whether a company is speaking out in the public square to advocate for LGBT equality here in this country and around the world. Replacements, Ltd. 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 HRC Foundation is the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBT civil rights organization. The CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. For additional information, the 2015 CEI 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 500,000 square foot facilities house an inventory of more than 12 million pieces from over 425,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Replacements, Ltd. serves more than ten million customers worldwide.
Lisa Conklin, Public Relations Manager
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