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 2022 Corporate Equality Index Report. The Corporate Equality Index is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. This marks the ninth consecutive year the firm has earned a perfect rating, as Goodwin joins the ranks of more than 840 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.
To earn a score of 100, employers must meet criteria falling under four central pillars: non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families; supporting an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility.
“We are extremely proud to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index for the ninth consecutive year,” said Yakiry Adal, Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Goodwin. “While there is still work to be done, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the LGBTQ+ community, within the firm, for our clients, and across the industry.”
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. Goodwin hosts an annual Pride retreat and sponsors several events throughout the year, such as The National Lesbian and Gay Association (NLGLA) Conference, GLAD Spirit of Justice Award and The NLGLA Lavender Law Job Fair. The firm also has a long history of partnering with GLAD to protect the rights of LGBTQ+ individuals across the country.
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 20 years ago, and in 2022 it ranked nearly 1,300 companies and employers providing crucial protections to more than 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad.
To see the 2022 list of Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality, click here.