Press Release December 10, 2013

Human Rights Campaign Awards Goodwin Top Score for LGBT Equality; Names Firm One of the Best Places to Work

Goodwin Procter was recently named to the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2014 “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” list, a distinction awarded to businesses who receive the top score of 100 percent in the organization’s benchmark Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report. The CEI is a survey of “corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality” and includes companies from all industries and geographies across corporate America.

“As an openly gay partner with more than 17 years’ experience here, I’ve always known Goodwin to be a leader on LGBT equality issues,” said Scott Webster, co-chair of Goodwin’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) Initiative and Chair of Goodwin’s Attorney Review Committee. “We’re delighted to be recognized by HRC this year as one of the Best Places to Work.”

Goodwin’s GLBT Initiative principally focuses on recruiting, retaining and advancing GLBT attorneys. The Initiative also seeks to create a welcoming, inclusive and supportive environment, and to build a strong network of GLBT professionals.

The Corporate Equality Index was first published 12 years ago and rates companies on 40 policies and practices. The 2014 survey rated 934 businesses with 303 receiving the top score. Only 13 business received the top score of 100 percent the first year the survey was conducted.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the education arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. The HRC has 1.5 million members and supporters nationwide.