chevron earns tenth perfect score for LGBT equality

February 12, 2015 – For the tenth consecutive year, Chevron achieved a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) ranking of U.S. companies committed to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) equality in the workplace.

Chevron employees at Out & Equal Workplace Summit

Members of the Chevron PRIDE network attend the 2014 Out & Equal Workplace Summit in San Francisco.

Chevron is the only oil and gas company to receive a perfect score on HRC's 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and earn the distinction of one of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality. Chevron is also the largest of the 13 companies in the Fortune Top 20 to receive a perfect rating by HRC, the largest civil rights organization working to attain LGBT equality with more than 1.5 million members and supporters across the U.S.

"We are proud to be at the forefront of LGBT equality, both within and outside our industry," said Joe Laymon, vice president, Human Resources and Corporate Services. "As part of The Chevron Way, diversity is one of our core values. We operate in one of the most competitive industries in the world, and having a diverse, talented workforce is key to the ongoing success of our business. I believe that our commitment to workplace equality is the right thing to do for all of us."

According to HRC president Chad Griffin, in order to achieve a perfect score on the CEI, a company has to show a deep and serious commitment to treating LGBT employees fairly and equally on the job. HRC also looks at whether a company is speaking out publicly to advocate for LGBT equality in the U.S. and around the world. Griffin said that Chevron not only meets these standards, but also goes above and beyond the call of duty, making a commitment to equality, a fundamental aspect of corporate values.

In addition to the perfect HRC CEI ranking, Chevron received the 2014 Workplace Excellence Award from Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a nonprofit organization dedicated to achieving LGBT workplace equality. The company also ranked as one of the top 20 employers on the Australia Workplace Equality Index, prepared by the nonprofit organization Pride in Diversity, for the fourth year in a row.

Helping drive Chevron's workplace culture is the PRIDE (Promote Respect, Inclusion and Dignity for Everyone) employee network. Founded in 1991 as an association and recognized in 2000 as the first organized employee network at the company, PRIDE represents more than 1,300 LGBT and non-LGBT employees across six continents, working to create an inclusive, safe and supportive work environment.

In 1993, Chevron was the first major U.S. oil and gas company to add sexual orientation to its nondiscrimination and Equal Employment Opportunity policies. In 1998, Chevron was the first major U.S. oil and gas company to offer domestic partner benefits to gay and lesbian employees. And in 2012, Chevron expanded healthcare benefits related to transgender employees.

"To be the only major energy company with a 100-percent rating is a huge accomplishment – both for Chevron and for PRIDE," said Shariq Yosufzai, vice president, Diversity, Ombuds and University Partnerships. "A great deal of hard work has gone into achieving this rating each year and to achieve it for the tenth year in a row really solidifies our inclusive policies as a competitive advantage when it comes to recruiting and retaining diverse top talent."

Published: February 2015