Replacements Honored for Fifteenth Consecutive Year as National Leader in Workplace Equality
Retailer steps up fight amidst turbulent year for LGBT workforce
GREENSBORO, N.C., December 5, 2016 – For the fifteenth consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation is honoring Replacements, Ltd. as one of the top U.S. companies leading the charge for workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans. Replacements is the only North Carolina-based company to achieve a perfect score on HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) all 15 years the civil rights organization has monitored American businesses.
The honor is especially meaningful for Replacements’ Founder and CEO Bob Page, who became one of the most outspoken North Carolina businessmen against the state’s highly contentious House Bill 2, which has been called the worst anti-LGBT legislation in the United States. Page shared an emotionally moving email with millions of Replacements’ customers against HB2, and in returned received tens of thousands of supportive emails, letters and phone calls applauding his brave stance.
“We’re very proud to be among the eight companies to have scored 100% every year since HRC began measuring corporate America’s commitment to LGBT inclusion,” says Bob Page. “Over the last 15 years, most large employers have embraced workplace policies that recognize the contributions that LGBT people make when we’re free to bring our whole selves to work, without fear of discrimination or harassment. It’s disappointing that our federal government has never passed a law barring workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, despite strong public opinion in its favor. The State of North Carolina’s disastrous adoption of HB2 shows just how little some lawmakers understand about best workplace practices among the businesses that fuel our economy. We hope that President-Elect Trump will make good on his promise to be pro-LGBT and urge Congress to pass comprehensive workplace non-discrimination legislation.”
The 2017 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, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.
Out of 1,043 businesses rated by this year’s CEI, Replacements is among 517 major U.S. businesses to earn top marks. Other companies achieving a perfect score all 15 years include Apple, Nike, American Airlines and Xerox. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index or to download a free copy of the report, visit 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 445,000 patterns. Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., Replacements, Ltd. serves more than 11 million customers worldwide.
Lisa Conklin, Public Relations Manager
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