N.J. companies land on Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality list

Thursday marked the release of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index. The CEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

This year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation recognized a total of 842 businesses that met all the criteria to earn a 100% rating and the designation of being a 2022 “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality.”

Top-rated CEI employers come from nearly every industry and region of the U.S. To earn top ratings, these employers took concrete steps to establish and implement comprehensive policies, benefits and practices that ensure greater equity for LGBTQ+ workers and their families.

Those in New Jersey who scored 100% and are included in the top-rated 2022 CEI participants include:

  • ADP, Roseland;
  • American Express Global Business Travel, Jersey City;
  • BASF Corp., Florham Park;
  • Bayer U.S. LLC, Whippany;
  • Becton, Dickinson and Co., Franklin Lakes;
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions Corp., Teaneck;
  • Conduent Inc., Florham Park;
  • Day Pitney LLP, Parsippany;
  • Dun & Bradstreet Corp., Short Hills;
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, Newark;
  • John Wiley & Sons Inc., Hoboken;
  • Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick;
  • Lord, Abbett & Co. LLC, Jersey City;
  • Mars Inc., Hackettstown;
  • Merck, Kenilworth;
  • Nestle Health Science, Bridgewater;
  • Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., East Hanover;
  • Prudential Financial Inc., Newark;
  • Quest Diagnostics Inc., Secaucus;
  • Samsung Electronics America Inc., Ridgefield Park;
  • Sanofi, Bridgewater;
  • SPARC Group LLC, Lyndhurst;
  • Subaru of America Inc., Cherry Hill;
  • TD Bank N.A., Cherry Hill;
  • Teva Pharmaceuticals USA Inc., Parsippany;
  • WithumSmith+Brown P.C., Princeton;
  • Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Inc., Parsippany;
  • Zoetis Inc., Parsippany.

“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers — from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns — could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign senior vice president of programs, research and training. “We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere.”

The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s Top 200 revenue-grossing law firms, the AmLaw 200, and hundreds of publicly- and privately-held mid- to large-sized businesses.

The CEI 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; and
  • Corporate social responsibility.

The full report is available here.

Other companies from New Jersey that also scored high marks on the list include:

  • American Water, Camden;
  • Avis Budget Group Inc., Parsippany;
  • Bed Bath & Beyond Inc., Union;
  • Burlington Stores Inc., Burlington;
  • Campbell Soup Co., Camden;
  • Crum & Forster, Morristown;
  • Firmenich Inc., Plainsboro;
  • Mathematica Policy Research, Princeton;
  • McCarter & English LLP, Newark;
  • Munich-American Holding Corp., Princeton;
  • Novo Nordisk Inc., Plainsboro;
  • PBF Energy, Parsippany;
  • Pearson, Hoboken;
  • Public Service Enterprise Group, Newark;
  • Realogy Holdings Corp., Madison;
  • Reckitt, Parsippany;
  • Selective Insurance Group, Branchville;
  • SHI International Corp., Somerset;
  • Wipro Ltd., East Brunswick.