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Partner in respect: DiversityInc

DiversityInc, the leading source of information on diversity management, has always been a strong supporter of LGBT workplace and civil rights.  Over the past four years, DiversityInc has developed a partnership with GLSEN that includes opportunities for GLSEN to contribute content on its thought leadership on diversity and to have increased visibility for school-based and corporate-engagement programs in front of senior corporate executives.  

DiversityInc Senior Vice President and Executive Editor Barbara Frankel serves on GLSEN’s National Board of Directors and she co-chaired the Respect Awards New York in 2010, 2011 and 2012.  Her leadership and indomitable energy helped push the event to the million-dollar level. 

“Barbara’s experience with corporations, her knowledge of best practices related to diversity and inclusion and her acknowledged leadership have been invaluable to GLSEN’s work to develop meaningful relationships with our corporate partners,” said Executive Director Eliza Byard.    

DiversityInc is a consultancy that advises corporate clients on diversity-management trends and best practices and publishes two websites, and, as well as a print magazine. All information is based on 12 years of assessing data as part of The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity ranking.

DiversityInc also produces five annual conferences that focus on diversity management.  The DiversityInc. Top 50 Companies for Diversity list is recognized as corporate America’s most significant assessment of diversity- management progress, with 535 companies participating in 2011. The survey, based on empirical data, requires organizations that have at least 1,000 employees to fill out an extensive form requiring more than 300 fields in four key areas: CEO Commitment, Human Capital, Corporate and Organizational Communications, and Supplier Diversity.

In 2008, DiversityInc stated that the only factor that would disqualify a company from consideration for the DiversityInc Top 50 would be failure to offer domestic-partner benefits to same-sex partners of employees. In 2012, with more stringent requirements in place for the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI), DiversityInc stated that any company applying to the DiversityInc Top 50 that receives less than an 80 percent CEI rating would lose points on its overall DiversityInc Top 50 score.

The DiversityInc Top 50 list also has 13 subsidiary lists, including The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees. To earn a spot on this list, companies must have perfect scores on the DiversityInc Top 50 survey questions related to LGBT employees (benefits, training, employee-resource groups, recruitment, talent development, supplier diversity) as well as a 100 percent score on the CEI. DiversityInc also takes into consideration the recommendations of leading LGBT organizations, including GLSEN, in determining The DiversityInc Top 10 Companies for LGBT Employees list.

“In our experience, companies that do not have clarity of values that include EVERY diverse group cannot have an inclusive corporate culture.  Working with organizations that are focused, dedicated, ethical—organizations such as GLSEN—helps corporations better understand what they need to do to maximize talent potential.,” said Barbara Frankel.  “GLSEN is a rare organization because its focus on student success also supports workforce readiness, which is a serious objective for every corporation on the DiversityInc Top 50 list.”