December 7, 2016 at 3:16 pm EDT | by Maximilian Sycamore
HRC launches 2017 Corporate Equality Index in Mexico City

Mexico City, gay news, Washington Blade

The Human Rights Campaign this week launched its 2017 Corporate Equality Index in Mexico City. (Washington Blade photo by Michael K. Lavers)

The Human Rights Campaign on Tuesday launched its 2017 Corporate Equality Index in Mexico City.

The tool scores nearly 900 companies worldwide for LGBT workplace equality.

“Now more than ever, we need to find points of collaboration to protect our global community’s gains and continue to move forward,” said HRC Senior Vice President for Programs, Research and Training Mary Beth Maxwell in a statement.

The Mexico City event is the second international launch of the CEI following last year’s expansion of its scoring criteria, which now includes global LGBT-inclusive workplace policies.

“Increasingly global employers are leveraging their values of fairness and inclusion in more public platforms such as HRC’s Global Business Coalition,” said Deena Fidas, director of HRC’s Workplace Equality Program. “Most major private sector employers understand this, but need the partnership, resources and guidance to actually implement best-in-class policies and practices.”

The HRC’s Global Business Coalition is a consortium of major global businesses. Tripling in size since it’s 2015 launch, it now includes 36 companies that represent more than 3.5 million employees in over 200 countries around the world.

As well as representatives from the HRC Equidad MX: Global Workplace Equality Program, which promotes LGBT workplace inclusion throughout Mexico, the launch was attended by the U.S. Embassy in Mexico, J.P. Morgan Chase and PEMEX, the state-owned oil company.

“More than 35,000 employees have taken courses on inclusion and diversity that are a fundamental part of the assessment that all employees have to take to get promoted,” said Alejandro Dieck Assad, deputy director of human resources of PEMEX’s Corporate Management and Services Division.

U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Roberta Jacobson had this to say of recent events.

“We are proud that so many U.S. companies in Mexico have adopted more inclusive and equal workplace policies,” she said. “We applaud HRC’s efforts to promote these best practices in Mexico as well as the United States and look forward to continuing the collaboration between the Embassy and HRC.”

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