Benchmark, set by the Human Rights Campaign, aims to improve corporate responsibility on LGBTQ+ matters.
MGM Resorts International and International Game Technology (IGT) have both achieved a top score in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index.
The Human Rights Campaign’s scale is regarded as the foremost benchmarking survey in the nation with regards to monitoring corporate policies. It especially casts a light on issues surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.
MGM Resorts and IGT are among the 840 businesses in the country that received a top mark of 100.
This year marks the 11th consecutive year that MGM Resorts has achieved a top score.
Speaking on the matter, Jyoti Chopra, the Chief People, Inclusion and Sustainability Officer for MGM Resorts, commented:
“Diversity, equity and inclusion are an integral part of our company culture, core values, and ways of doing business.
We demonstrate this through our commitment to a diverse workforce and the top quality of service we provide to our guests who represent all corners and cultures of the world.”
At IGT, it has implemented a number of policies aimed at making the work environment more inclusive: there are now gender affirming medical benefits, gender neutral bathrooms, and equitable hiring practices.
Said CEO Vincent Sadusky:
“I wish to thank our approximately 11,000 employees worldwide… who together with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion embrace and activate IGT’s core values and contribute to this milestone achievement.”
The seriousness with which the benchmark is taken is reflective of a growing awareness among American companies of issues surrounding ethics, especially as it relates to identity and equality.
As Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training, put it:
“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.”
MGM Resorts has taken the mission to heart. It was a founding member of the Human Rights Campaign in 2004, and – before same-sex marriage was legal in the state – allowed such ‘commitment’ ceremonies to happen in their wedding chapel.
Source: Gaming America