Corporate Equality Index rates LGBT-friendly state businesses

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, recently released its 2015 Corporate Equality Index, an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including three in Oklahoma.

Corporate America, propelled by the HRC and its foundation’s annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI), has led the way on LGBT inclusion for more than a decade.

As the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, the 2015 CEI unveiled that a record 366 businesses — spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the coveted distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.”

In total, 781 companies were officially rated in the 2015 CEI, up from 734 in the 2014 report. The report also unofficially rated 190 Fortune 500 companies who have yet to respond to the CEI survey about their LGBT policies and practices. The average score for companies and law firms based in Oklahoma is 75 percent. Of the three companies ranked, one earned 80 percent or above.

Here’s how the three Oklahoma companies ranked:

Employer Name

2015 CEI Rating

Williams Companies Inc.


Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc.





Key national findings contained in the 2015 CEI:

  • 366 companies earned a 100 percent in the 2015 CEI, up from 304 in the 2014 report, and 189 2 years ago.
  •  89 percent of participants now cover gender identity in their non-discrimination policies, up from 86 percent last year.
  • 66 percent of all Fortune 500 companies have gender identity protections, up from 61 percent last year.
  • 190 Fortune 500 companies were given unofficial scores based on publicly available information.


— Media release edited by Jennifer Chancellor