GBT Earns 100 percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Fourteenth Annual Scorecard on LGBT Workplace Equality
New York, NY, November 18, 2015 – American Express Global Business Travel “GBT” proudly announced today that it has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. GBT joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.
JoAnne Kruse, Chief Human Resources Officer, American Express Global Business Travel, said:
“As a leading travel management company servicing customers and travelers from around the world, we understand the importance of developing and fostering an inclusive and diverse culture. We recognize that a mix of backgrounds, opinions and talents enriches our company and helps us better deliver on our commitments to our stakeholders. We strive to maintain the great experience of an inclusive workplace where employee differences, such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity and disability, are valued and leveraged for individual, business and organizational success.”
“We are proud to have recently launched a new LGBTQ Network Group, allowing our employees whom identify as LGBTQ to network with their local and international colleagues. Externally, GBT also supports the engagement of diverse suppliers on an equal basis with other suppliers.”
HRC Foundation Workplace Equality Program Director Deena Fidas said: “In this 2016 Corporate Equality Index, hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership. American Express Global Business Travel not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values.”
The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. GBT’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all.
About American Express Global Business Travel
American Express Global Business Travel enables corporations and empowers business travelers with insights, connections and exceptional customer service on a global scale. Through technology and information, American Express Global Business Travel provides leading travel solutions, integrated consulting services, proprietary research, and end-to-end meetings and events capabilities. These innovative offerings enable clients to optimize the return on their travel and meetings investments.
American Express Global Business Travel has operations and network partners in nearly 140 countries worldwide with approximately 12,000 employees. American Express Global Business Travel ranked first among corporate travel providers in the 2015 Corporate Travel 100 (“CT100”), an annual listing compiled by Business Travel News which ranks companies with the largest volume of U.S. air bookings. Learn more about how American Express Global Business Travel connects the world at amexglobalbusinesstravel.com and twitter.com/amexgbt.
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