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IKEA Earns Top Marks for LGBTQ Workplace Equality in the U.S.

Corporate newsReports and summaries, People and Culture, EqualityApril 4, 2019Last edited: September 29, 2021
Paving the way for inclusion and equality, Ikea scores 100% on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) bestowed by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.

04/04/2019 1:30 PM

[National] For the fourth consecutive year, IKEA Retail U.S. earns 100% on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality.

Conshohocken, PA – April 4, 2019 – IKEA, the world’s largest home furnishing retailer, proudly announced that it received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. IKEA joins the ranks of over 560 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“We are honored to be recognized again by our partners at the HRC with a 100 percent perfect score. At IKEA, we know our strength comes from co-workers’ uniqueness,” said Rafael Fantauzzi, Country Equality, Diversity, & Inclusion Officer, IKEA Retail U.S. “As a humanistic and values driven company, we remain committed to creating an inclusive environment that inspires our LGBT+ co-workers to be themselves.”

IKEA has been recognized for leading the industry with many inclusive benefits for LGBT+ co-workers and their families including: health/medical, dental, vision, bereavement, relocation/travel assistance, adoption, employee discount, supplemental life insurance and parental leave. Additionally, the IKEA U.S. medical plan covers a portion of gender confirmation counseling and surgery. We have specific training modules on LGBT+ inclusion that enable all our co-workers to become aware of their unconscious biases around sexual orientation and gender identity, and learn how to take actions to reduce these biases.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do -- it’s also good for business.”

The 2019 CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. IKEA Retail U.S. satisfies all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

For more information on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.