For the eighth consecutive year, Goodwin was named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, receiving a perfect score of 100 on the organization’s Corporate Equality Index Report. To earn a top rating, employers must take concrete steps to establish and implement comprehensive policies, beneﬁts and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ employees, with a focus on: Non-discrimination policies across business entities, equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, supporting an inclusive culture, and corporate social responsibility.
“From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David. “Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do — but the best business decision.”
Goodwin has expanded its commitment to creating a culture of inclusion through efforts such as Pride@Goodwin, which focuses on recruiting, retaining and advancing LGBTQ talent throughout all levels of the firm. The initiative also seeks to foster a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment, build a strong network of LGBTQ professionals and allies, and create inclusive professional development and career advancement programs that benefit Goodwin lawyers and professional staff.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is America’s largest civil rights organization working to end discrimination and achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality. The Corporate Equality Index was first published 19 years ago, and has become the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring company policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. The 2021 Corporate Equality Index ranked over 1,100 companies and employers providing crucial protections to more than 18 million U.S. workers and an additional 17 million abroad.