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Human Rights Campaign lists 5 West Michigan firms as top LGBT-inclusive workplaces

BY MiBiz Staff Monday, December 05, 2016 03:15pm

Five West Michigan companies rank among the top performing organizations in the nation for providing an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workers.

Zeeland-based Herman Miller Inc., Grand Rapids-based Steelcase Inc., Battle Creek-based Kellogg Co., Kalamazoo-based Stryker Corp. and Benton Harbor-based Whirlpool Corp. all received top marks from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation in the organization’s annual Corporate Equality Index.

The index tracks companies’ performance in LGBT inclusion through a variety of metrics including an organization’s anti-discrimination policies regarding sexual orientation and gender, employment benefits and health insurance coverage for LGBT workers, and its public commitment to LGBT-focused causes.

Walker-based Meijer Inc. received a score of 95 in this year’s index, an improvement of 10 points compared to the 2016 Corporate Equality Index. The grocery chain and retailer lost points last year for its lack of an LGBT employee group or diversity council and for its lack of public support of LGBT causes.

This year, Meijer received full points for offering an LGBT employee group or diversity council. It also improved on its public support for LGBT causes but still lost out on full points in that category.

Stryker also improved its score from a rating of 80 in last year’s survey. The medical device manufacturer lost points in last year’s survey for its lack of a transgender-inclusive health insurance coverage and of competency training, resources and accountability measures.

Byron Center-based SpartanNash Co. scored zero in this year’s Corporate Equality Index. A spokesperson said the company did not complete the survey and that SpartanNash does have LGBT policies in place.

The spokesperson declined to comment further at the time this report went to press.

The Corporate Equality Index did not include SpartanNash among the companies surveyed in 2015.

Overall, LGBT inclusionary policies in the workplace seem to be increasing, with 96 percent of businesses surveyed for the Corporate Equality Index offering “explicit gender identity non-discrimination protections in the U.S.,” according to the report.

Moreover, 73 percent of businesses now offer “transgender-inclusive” health care, six times the number that offered those policies in 2012.

This year, 517 companies earned a perfect rating in the survey, compared to the 407 businesses that earned a 100-point score the previous year.

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