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America’s 2017 “Best-of-the-Best” Corporations for Inclusion Named by NGLCC and Partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium

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The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBT community, in collaboration with its partners in the National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), has named the second annual Best-of-the-Best list of corporations in America committed to diversity and inclusion across all communities.

“The Best-of-the-Best designation is the top corporate honor bestowed for commitments to America’s diverse employees and business owners, which includes LGBT, people of color, women, and people with disabilities. This designation is not easily earned, making it all the more prized,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson. “We have already seen the bar rise for corporate inclusion since last year’s inaugural list was named. By recognizing these industry leaders and the policymakers who collaborate with them as the ‘Best-of-the-Best’, we are further shaping a better future for all diverse communities in business. Together we reaffirm our common, ongoing mission to improve business inclusion among Fortune 500 corporations and government agencies across America.”

Criteria required to be named a 2017 Best-of-the-Best corporation includes the completion of a detailed survey of an organization’s inclusive programs, which may involve Supplier Diversity initiatives, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and workplace engagement opportunities, and diverse marketplace and community engagements. Additionally, a detailed report of policies and achievements in the diversity and inclusion space–along with recognition or ratings such as the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index, the U.S. Business Leadership Network’s Disability Equality Index, or Diversity Inc.’s Top 50— is weighted and reviewed by a committee of NBIC leaders.

The 2017 Best-of-the-Best Corporations for Inclusion are:

  • Accenture

  • Allstate Insurance Company

  • American Airlines

  • Apple

  • AT&T

  • Bank of America

  • Bristol-Myers Squibb

  • Capital One

  • Chevron

  • Comcast NBCUniversal

  • Corning

  • Cummins Inc.

  • CVS Health

  • Delhaize America

  • DuPont

  • EY

  • Fannie Mae

  • Fidelity Investments

  • Freddie Mac

  • General Motors

  • GlaxoSmithKline

  • Health Care Service Corporation

  • Hilton

  • IBM

  • Intel Corporation

  • JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • Kellogg Company

  • KeyBank

  • KPMG

  • Marriott International

  • Merck

  • Nationwide

  • New York Life Insurance

  • Northrop Grumman

  • Pfizer

  • Pacific Gas & Electric Company

  • PNC Financial Services Group

  • Prudential

  • Sodexo

  • Southwest Airlines Co.

  • SunTrust Bank

  • TD Bank

  • TIAA

  • UPS

  • Wells Fargo

The 2017 Best-of-the-Best Program or Initiative of the Year is: Wells Fargo’s Chamber Training Institute.

When a company’s competitors see them listed as a Best-of-the-Best company, they will immediately move to innovate toward greater diversity & inclusion. Being the Best-of-the-Best means pushing one another to keep innovating the ways we do business to be more inclusive and successful than ever,” says NGLCC Co-Founder and CEO Chance Mitchell. “Each year that we get back together to celebrate the Best-of-the-Best we will undoubtedly see more and more companies achieve unprecedented excellence in support of their diverse employees and suppliers. Diversity and inclusion are good for competition; and that’s good for business.”

ABOUT NGLCC: The National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses. www.nglcc.org

 

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