Retail Business Services and several Ahold Delhaize USA banners achieved perfect scores on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) 2022 of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, a national benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.
For a third consecutive year, Retail Business Services joins the ranks of more than 840 leading U.S. companies that also achieved 100% rankings, including other grocers such as Amazon.com Inc. (owner of Amazon Fresh and Whole Foods Market stores), Wholesale C&S Grocers Inc., The Kroger Company, Meijer, target and Walmart also got perfect scores on the leaderboard. Ahold banners that scored 100% are Food Lion, Giant Food, The Giant Co., Hannaford, Stop & Shop and Peapod Digital Labs
“We are incredibly proud to receive a perfect score on the Business Equality Index again this year,” Retail Business Services resident Roger Wheeler said in a statement. “We are focused on creating a culture of belonging in retail business services. Being a welcoming place where associates can fully focus on their work is at the core of who we are.
IEC 2022 results show how 1,271 U.S.-based companies not only promote LGBTQ+-friendly labor policies in the United States, but also for the 56% of CEI-rated companies with global operations that help advance the cause of LGBTQ+ workplace inclusion in the US foreigner.
“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers – from the factory floor to the corporate office, in big cities and small towns – could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live authentically,” said Jay Brown, senior vice president of programs, research and training at the Human Rights Campaign.
The index, which was released on January 27 and can be found here, measures key performance indicators such as non-discrimination policies; fair benefits; inclusive culture; public commitment to LGBTQ+ equality; and responsible citizenship. Last year’s list included nearly a dozen U.S. grocery storesincluding five Ahold Delhaize brands.
Last fall, Frans Muller, CEO of Ahold Delhaize, reflected on Ahold’s Commitment to DE&I Responsibility. In an interview with LEAD (Executives Advancing Diversity)Network. “D&I has always been a fundamental part of Ahold Delhaize,” he said. “It’s because we have a diverse customer base and employ over 400,000 people in many countries, where we want to reflect the we serve. We know that D&I makes us stronger and allows us to do the right thing for our business and, more importantly, for our people.”