Rockwell Automation has been recognized by The Human Rights Campaign Foundation with a 100 percent rating on its 2014 Corporate Equality Index. The perfect score recognizes Rockwell Automation for its work in creating a more inclusive work environment, based on analysis and ratings of policies and practices towards LGBT employees.
“The success of Rockwell Automation depends on our employees sharing a common vision, and being engaged and productive from the first moment they join the company,” said Marc Kartman, vice president & ombudsman, Rockwell Automation. “This score reaffirms that we’re headed in the right direction.While there is still work to do, we are developing a richer and more personally rewarding workplace while encouraging teamwork that is more effective, creative and mutually supporting.”
Building on the company’s inclusive work environment, Rockwell Automation announces its newest affinity group – ROKout Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender and Allies. ROKout LGBT & Allies seek to improve the careers and engagement of Rockwell Automation employees by advocating for an inclusive workplace culture.
The affinity group works to promote awareness and acceptance, ensure the company creates an equitable workforce by identifying barriers, and differentiate Rockwell Automation as an employer of choice among the LGBT and Allies talent pool. “The importance of encouraging more youth to become engineers, regardless of their sexuality, is so they can spur diversity, and subsequently innovation,” says Ed Seaberg, vice president information technology, Rockwell Automation.
Rockwell Automation, Inc. (NYSE: ROK), the world’s largest company dedicated to industrial automation and information, makes its customers more productive and the world more sustainable. Headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., Rockwell Automation employs over 22,000 people serving customers in more than 80 countries.
CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) today announced that is has received a 100 percent rating by the Human Rights Campaign in its 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report, the premiere national benchmark for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) workplace inclusion.
“Each of CA’s programs and corporate policies is carefully crafted to ensure that all employees experience 100 percent inclusion and equality in the workplace,” said Guy Di Lella, chief human resources officer, CA Technologies. “We know that diverse teams deliver better results and that diversity of experience, thought and culture help to drive innovation and original ideas. This means that our business hinges on our employees’ ability to express themselves freely and enjoy a work environment that respects all individuals equally -- allowing everyone to be at their best, every single day.”
According to the HRC, the largest LGBT advocacy group in the United States, the criteria that was used to determine companies' scores was wide-ranging. It included looking at equal employment opportunity policies, employment benefits for workers and their spouses/partners, transgender-inclusive health insurance, public commitment and responsible citizenship.
CA Technologies supports its LGBT employees with programs, policies and benefits that include:
- Participation in the HRC’s Employee Nondiscrimination Act Business Coalition to advocate for LGBT workplace equality;
- Participation in Williams Institute's transgender health benefits research project to study on the costs and benefits to businesses of providing transition-related healthcare benefits for transgender employees;
- Hosting of Inclusion and Diversity “Breakfast With” events on LGBT topics;
- Sponsorship of a screening of CODEBREAKER, the remarkable and tragic documentary on computing pioneer Alan Turing during June Pride Month;
- Raising money for the Terence Higgins Trust, a nonprofit organization dedicated to HIV and health prevention; and,
- Hosting of an LGBT Inclusion Team to foster diversity and allow employees to share information, recognize achievements and interact with fellow employees.
Human Rights Campaign CEI Methodology
Over the past 12 years, the CEI has become the gold standard for corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees and their families. The CEI rates companies on 40 such policies and practices. A total of 934 businesses have been rated in the 2014 CEI, including the entire Fortune 500. This year, a record 301 of the Fortune 500-ranked businesses have official CEI ratings, with the other 197 unofficially rated based upon publicly-available data.
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(Marketwired) - Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN), one of the world's largest hospitality companies, received the Supplier Diversity Advocate of the Year award from the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) for its commitment to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) community.
Recognized at the NGLCC National Dinner on November 22 in Washington D.C., this is the first time the Company, a founding corporate partner of the NGLCC, received the award.
"At Wyndham Worldwide, we understand the power of diversity. Every day we see immense value and benefit of varied cultures, experiences and perspectives that allow us to best meet our needs as we continue to grow as a global company," said Jose Nido, vice president of Global Supplier Diversity, Wyndham Worldwide. "Cultivating and expanding diversity throughout the company, including our supply partners, is one of our core values."
Through its supplier diversity program, Wyndham Worldwide includes diverse suppliers when possible in each request for proposal and bid notice, mentors existing and potential suppliers, builds partnerships with each supplier, increases internal and external awareness of its supplier diversity programs and goals, and expands its supplier diversity outreach around the globe.
In the U.S., the program focuses on eight groups, including African-Americans; Hispanic-Americans; Asian-Americans; Native-Americans; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT); women; veterans and disabled-veterans; and disabled-owned businesses. Globally, Wyndham Worldwide partners with such organizations as Minority Supplier Development UK and Minority Supplier Development China which work to connect diverse suppliers with corporations, and WEConnect International, which seeks to empower women business owners to succeed in local and global markets.
"We look forward to continuing our work with the NGLCC, but also further strengthening our relationship with even more diverse-owned businesses as we cultivate a global supplier diversity network where individuals from all types of backgrounds with different experiences and viewpoints are valued," said Nido.
Wyndham Worldwide's supplier diversity initiative has received numerous accolades, including DiversityInc's 2012 and 2013 Top 10 Companies for Supplier Diversity, DiversityPlus magazine's 2012 Champions of Diversity, Hispanic Network magazine's "Best of the Best" Top 50 Supplier Diversity Programs for Hispanics, Morris County (New Jersey) Hispanic-American Chamber of Commerce's 2012 Corporation of the Year, and Outstanding Corporate Partner by the Florida Minority Business Opportunity Center.
The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the only national not-for-profit advocacy organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of the LGBT business community. With more than 29,000 members, 140 corporate partners, and 52 local, state, and international affiliate chambers, NGLCC is the largest LGBT business development and economic advocacy organization in the world.
About Wyndham Worldwide
One of the world's largest hospitality companies, Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN) provides a wide range of hospitality products and services through its global portfolio of world-renowned brands. The world's largest hotel company based on the number of properties, Wyndham Hotel Group is home to many of the world's best-known hotel brands, with approximately 7,440 franchised hotels and over 638,300 hotel rooms worldwide. Wyndham Exchange & Rentals is the worldwide leader in vacation exchange and the world's largest professionally managed vacation rentals business, providing more than 5 million leisure-bound families annually with access to over 106,000 vacation properties in 100 countries through its prominent exchange and vacation rental brands. The industry and timeshare ownership market leader, Wyndham Vacation Ownership develops, markets, and sells vacation ownership interests and provides consumer financing to owners through its network of 190 vacation ownership resorts serving approximately 915,000 owners throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific. Based in Parsippany, NJ, Wyndham Worldwide employs approximately 32,500 associates globally.
For more information, please visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.
Union Bank, N.A., announced today that it earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) 2014 Corporate Equality Index. This is the first year that Union Bank participated in HRC’s rating system, which serves as the national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. With its top score, Union Bank is also recognized as a “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality” by HRC.
Union Bank’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is illustrated in numerous programs, products and services, such as its nearly 20-year Local Heroes Awards, which celebrates cultural diversity, including extraordinary LGBT honorees; community partnerships; a diverse and highly engaged workforce in which more than half of its employees are people of color and more than 60 percent women; and a strong commitment to community development finance and diverse business lending. The bank also has one of the most diverse corporate boards of directors of any major U.S. company.
“We are extremely proud to receive a perfect score of 100 percent and a ‘Best Places to Work” recognition on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation 2014 Corporate Equality Index,” said Union Bank Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer Annemieke van der Werff. “Celebrating diversity and inclusion has been part of the bank’s nearly 150-year heritage, and it’s exciting when our ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion at all levels within the bank is recognized.”
Another example of Union Bank’s commitment to the LGBT community and its employees is UB PROUD, the bank’s employee resource group for LGBT employees and allies. UB PROUD works to strengthen ties between colleagues, senior management, clients and community members by increasing visibility and awareness for the LGBT community. Union Bank also supports and participates in LGBT Pride celebrations throughout the West Coast, and supports a number of LGBT community and non-profit organizations, including a long-standing partnership with the Financial Services Industry Exchange (FSIX).
“We have worked diligently to create a welcoming culture that enables us to attract, develop and retain diverse talent, respond to broad customer segments, and partner effectively with our communities, including the LGBT community,” said van der Werff. “This recognition is a testament to the commitment of our leaders and employees, including UB PROUD, to fostering inclusive business practices and one more example of our dedication to responsible banking and ‘doing right.’”
The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. Union Bank’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”
For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.
Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $105.5 billion at September 30, 2013. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., provides an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 422 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas, Illinois, and New York as well as two international offices, on September 30, 2013. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. In July 2013, American Banker Magazine and the Reputation Institute ranked Union Bank #1 for reputation among its customers. Visit www.unionbank.com for more information
About The Human Rights Campaign
The Human Rights Campaign is 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.
Verified Volunteers, the first-of-its-kind platform for volunteer background screening, and Points of Light, the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service, today announced a groundbreaking new partnership to make vetting volunteers faster, easier and less costly for nonprofits and volunteers themselves.
Using Verified Volunteers’ new online service, volunteers and volunteer managers at any nonprofit can quickly and easily obtain a single, standardized background check for civic service accepted by multiple nonprofit organizations, schools, youth sports teams and faith-based groups.
The platform has been rolled out in conjunction with Points of Light’s HandsOn Network volunteer action centers in Jacksonville, Fla., Denver, Nashville, St. Louis and Portland, Ore., and will continue expanding to additional volunteer centers and other nonprofits throughout 2014.
Current background screening tools are costly and time-consuming for volunteers and nonprofit organizations alike. Since as many as half of all volunteers serve with more than one organization, the cost and inconvenience of repetitive screening deters many others from doing the same. Using a standardized volunteer service credential that satisfies screening requirements and is recognized by multiple organizations will translate into lower costs and a greater number of qualified, readily available and dedicated volunteers.
“For years, Points of Light has been looking for a way to make background screenings more efficient and less costly for both nonprofit organizations and volunteers,” said Tracy Hoover, president of Points of Light and former president and CEO of the HandsOn Atlanta volunteer action center. “Verified Volunteers is the first screening tool custom-designed for the service sector. It’s like a ‘fast pass’ for volunteering – streamlining the process so volunteers can spend less time waiting and more time serving.”
Verified Volunteers aims to make the background screening process faster, less expensive and more user-friendly. Volunteers log in to the self-service, online platform and complete a four-step registration process. Their background check is available to share with organizations within the Verified Volunteers community in hours– not weeks, as is often the case with current screening processes.
“We are pleased to partner with Points of Light and we share this great organization’s mission of putting people at the center of change,” said Clare Hart, president of Sterling Infosystems, which owns Verified Volunteers. “By making it easier to volunteer, we seek to motivate people to share their time and their talents for the common good.”
Features of the new platform include:
- Automatic updates of all active background checks every 30 days for the first year at no additional cost to the organization or volunteer;
- Compliance with FCRA and state laws;
- The ability for volunteers to share their screening status with multiple organizations;
- The ability for volunteer managers to receive real-time alerts on any changes in the background screening status of their volunteers;
- The ability for volunteer managers to track, communicate with and manage volunteers
According to Judy Smith, president and CEO of HandsOn Jacksonville, “In the 18 years that I’ve been with HandsOn Jacksonville, one thing our volunteers and partners have consistently asked for help with was in the area of background checks. It was confusing, costly and time-consuming for them, and not something we could help them with. Now, because of our partnership with Verified Volunteers, we have a simple solution to recommend to them.”
“The ultimate power of our solution comes as we build scale in local communities around the country,” said Verified Volunteers Executive Director Tom Klein. “The more volunteers and organizations that join our platform in a given community, the more powerful the ability to reuse a background check, save time and money, and ultimately positively impact the service sector.”
About Verified Volunteers
Verified Volunteers is the only background screening platform tailored to the specific needs of the service sector and the first online community to mobilize repeat, vetted volunteers. We propel nonprofit organizations by empowering volunteers to take greater ownership of costly, time-consuming screening and onboarding processes. Verified Volunteers is backed by Sterling Infosystems, one of the world’s largest background screening companies, and partnered with Points of Light, the world's largest organization dedicated to volunteer service. Visit our website at verifiedvolunteers.com or Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus to learn more.
About Points of Light
Points of Light – the world’s largest organization dedicated to volunteer service – mobilizes millions of people to take action that is changing the world. Through HandsOn Network affiliates in 250 cities and partnerships with thousands of nonprofits and corporations, Points of Light engages 4 million volunteers in 30 million hours of service each year. We bring the power of people to bear where it’s needed most. Visit our website at pointsoflight.org or Facebook or Twitter to learn more.
About Sterling Infosystems
Sterling Infosystems is one of the largest background screening companies in the world. Led by founder William Greenblatt since 1976, Sterling is chosen by over 25% of the Fortune 100 and over 20,000 organizations to help them hire and retain the right people. As a global background check leader, Sterling has 2,200 people in 12 offices in five countries. Sterling’s people bring expertise in compliance, client experience and applicant experience. Connected by the world’s most advanced background check technology platform, and backed by strong financials, Sterling continuously reinvests in its business to ensure it remains a global leader.
In December 2010, Calera Capital, a leading middle-market private equity firm, invested in Sterling in partnership with founder William Greenblatt and the company’s management team. For additional information visit our website at sterlinginfosystems.com or Twitter, LinkedIn or Google Plus.