Eighteen Minnesota companies excel at protecting their gay, lesbian and transgender workers with LGBTQ-friendly policies.
The Human Rights Campaign ranked 887 of the largest companies and law firms in the United States and Mexico, based on their non-discrimination policies – that's benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families, inclusion practices, and public commitment to LGBTQ equality.
In the 15th annual Corporate Equality Index, 517 companies earned a top rating of 100 percent (up 25 percent from last year) – 18 of those were Minnesota-based companies. (See more on this below.)
“Even in the face of relentless attempts to undermine equality, America’s leading companies and law firms remain steadfast and committed to supporting and defending the rights and dignity of LGBTQ people,” campaign President Chad Griffin said in a news release.
Many states don't have these policies
Only 20 states (including Minnesota) and Washington, D.C., prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to the ACLU.
In the other states (many of the ones in white on that map below), LGBTQ people aren't protected from discrimination in the workplace, or can be denied service at a restaurant based on who they love or the gender they identify with.
While there are some protections nationally for LGBTQ workers, there's no national anti-discrimination law to cover them. That's why the Human Rights Campaign works to identify those employers that are pushing for LGBTQ employees to not only be tolerated in the workplace, but welcomed, the index says.
Eighty-two percent of Fortune 500 companies have non-discrimination protections that include gender identity. In 2002, when the index was first published, only 3 percent of them had these protections.
The top companies "continue to outpace lawmakers and lead the way forward," Deena Fidas, Director of the campaign’s Workplace Equality Program, said in the release.
How Minnesota companies ranked
The Minnesota companies that scored a top 100 are:
- 3M, St. Paul
- Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, Minneapolis
- Ameriprise Financial Inc., Minneapolis
- Best Buy Co. Inc., Richfield
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, Eagan
- Cargill Inc., Wayzata
- Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Minneapolis
- Ecolab Inc., St. Paul
- General Mills Inc., Golden Valley
- Hormel Foods Corp., Austin
- Land O'Lakes Inc, Arden Hills
- Lindquist & Vennum LLP, Minneapolis
- Medtronic PLC, Minneapolis
- RBC Wealth Management, Minneapolis
- Robins Kaplan LLP, Minneapolis
- Target Corp., Minneapolis
- U.S. Bancorp, Minneapolis
- Xcel Energy Inc., Minneapolis
Twelve other Minnesota companies were ranked on the index. Here they are, with their score:
- Caribou Coffee Company Inc, Minneapolis. Score: 85
- Carlson Inc, Minnetonka. Score: 95
- C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Eden Prairie. Score: 20
- CHS Inc., Inver Grove Heights. Score: 20
- Fredrikson & Byron, Minneapolis. Score: 95
- Imation Corp., Oakdale. Score: 60
- Mosaic Co., Plymouth. Score: 85
- Patterson Companies (Patterson Dental Supply), St. Paul. Score: 60
- St. Jude Medical Inc., St. Paul. Score: 95
- Supervalu Inc., Eden Prairie. Score: 80
- Thrivent Financial, Minneapolis. Score: 85
- UnitedHealth Group Inc., Minnetonka. Score: 95
Other findings from the survey
Of the 887 companies on this year's index:
- 93 percent of them have adopted sexual orientation equal employment policies, both in the United States and globally.
- 92 percent have gender identity equal employment policies for all operations.
- 98 percent provide same-sex domestic partner or spousal benefits.
- 73 percent offer transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage. (That's up from 60 percent last year.)
For more information on a company's equality policies (even those not on this year's ranking), click here.