Great River Energy recently received a perfect score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. The cooperative joins more than 840 major U.S. businesses that earned top marks this year.
“We are proud to have earned the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and to be a part of the solution to advance inclusion in the workplace,” said Jason Vollbrecht, leader of Total Rewards at Great River Energy.
This is the second year in a row Great River Energy achieved this designation, an effort led by the Pride Alliance Employee Resource Group (ERG). Great River Energy believes its success depends on the diverse skills, experience and backgrounds that employees bring to work, and ERGs are one way to achieve that success. These groups create spaces for employees who share a common interest to support one another and raise awareness. There are currently six ERGs, the other five being: Veterans, Women’s, Today’s Family, BIPOC + Allies, and Mental Health and Well-being.
This year’s index reflects growth across every measurement category, from the adoption of inclusive non-discrimination policies to equitable healthcare benefits for transgender employees. The Corporate Equality Index rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families
- Supporting an inclusive culture
- Corporate social responsibility