Two dozen-plus N.J. companies on Best Places to work for LGBTQ Equality list

More than two dozen companies with headquarters in New Jersey were among 767 companies nationwide to earn a 100% rating and be recognized as a 2021 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality,” by the Corporate Equality Index, it was announced Thursday.

The Corporate Equality Index is produced by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, which uses criteria based on equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families; nondiscrimination policies across business entities; supporting an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility.

According to CEI, the group rated employers providing crucial protections to over 18 million U.S. workers and an additional 17 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include companies in the Fortune 500, the AmLaw 200 and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.

Please note, stories such as these are difficult to produce, as only U.S. companies with their corporate headquarters in the state — or global companies with their U.S. headquarters in the state are listed. Many companies that have a large presence in the state, including Amazon, would not be included in this report even though they are one of the 767 identified.

See the complete list here.

Here’s a look at the N.J.-based companies, listed alphabetically:

  • ADP (Roseland)
  • Ascena Retail Group (Mahwah)
  • BASF (Florham Park)
  • Becton, Dickinson (Franklin Lakes)
  • Celgene (Summit)
  • Chubb (Warren)
  • Dun & Bradstreet (Short Hills)
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Newark)
  • John Wiley & Sons (Hoboken)
  • Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick)
  • Lowenstein Sandler (Roseland)
  • Merck (Kenilworth)
  • Nestle Health Science (Bridgewater)
  • Newell Brands (Hoboken)
  • Novartis (East Hanover)
  • Pearson (Hoboken)
  • Prudential Financial (Newark)
  • Quest Diagnostics (Secaucus)
  • Sanofi (Bridgewater)
  • Subaru (Camden)
  • TD Bank (Cherry Hill)
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals (Parsippany)
  • Unilever (Englewood Cliffs)
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts (Parsippany)
  • Zoetis (Parsippany)

Wyndham CEO Geoffrey Ballotti said the honor exemplifies the company’s mission to be diverse and inclusive.

“This recognition highlights our dedication to recruiting and retaining a workforce that reflects the diversity of our guests, owners and communities around the world. We are committed to creating an inclusive work culture where all of our team members can thrive,” he said. “Recognizing that embracing inclusivity is good business, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts appeals to diverse consumers, cultivating welcoming environments in its hotels, in addition to supporting its team members.”