The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has once again named Monsanto as one of its "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality." This is the ninth year Monsanto has been honored by the civil rights organization. The distinction comes with the agriculture company earning a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC's annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
"At Monsanto, one of our core values is providing an inclusive and collaborative work environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect," said Steve Mizell, Monsanto's executive vice president and chief human resources officer. "We openly and intentionally address social issues that deal with inclusion and diversity; it's also a global expectation we have for our 20,000 employees."
"To be recognized as an employer whose culture reflects the society we live in enables Monsanto to recruit the best and brightest individuals who collectively will develop solutions that will help feed a growing population," he added.
The CEI is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workplace equality that is administered by the HRC Foundation. The 2017 report evaluated businesses in several areas that included non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits and public engagement with the LGBT community.
Monsanto has long been a champion of equality and diversity. Earlier this year, Monsanto celebrated the 10th anniversary of its Human Rights Policy. The company was among the first to formally adopt specific guidelines for equal treatment before the practice was mainstream. In March, along with other leading U.S. employers, Monsanto joined the HRC's Business Coalition for Equality in supporting The Equality Act. The proposed federal legislation provides the same basic protections to LGBT people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law.