Insurers and Corporate Equality Index

Corporate America continues to break new ground in its workplace protections and benefits for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, according to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2011 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

Insurers are among a record 844 U.S. companies and law firms that have been rated as part of this year’s survey, including for the first time the entire Fortune 500.

The CEI rates employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent based on their LGBT workplace policies, benefits and practices, including non-discrimination policies and training, partner benefits, gender transition guidelines and LGBT employee resource groups.

As an industry, insurance scored an average 91 percent rating this year, up from 88 percent last year.

We tip our hat to AIG and John Hancock Financial Services for receiving the 100 percent rating for the first time.

Other insurers receiving the 100 percent rating are: AAA Northern California, Nevada and Utah, Allianz Life, Allstate Corp, Chubb Corp, CNA, Esurance, The Hartford, ING North America, Massachusetts Mutual Life, MetLife, Nationwide, New York Life Insurance Co, Pacific Life Insurance Co, Progressive Corp, Prudential Financial, and Sun Life Financial.

Aon, Deloitte and Marsh & McLennan were among other insurance-related businesses to earn the top rating. A special mention to Travelers Cos which improved its rating by 35 points this year.

An unprecedented 337 major U.S. businesses earned the top rating of 100 percent this year, up from 305 with top ratings last year. Collectively, these businesses employ over 8.3 million full-time workers.

When the survey was launched in 2002, only 13 companies received 100 percent.

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