GREENSBORO, N.C.-The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, has awarded Replacements, Ltd. a perfect score on the organization's Corporate Equality Index. The Greensboro tabletop retailer is one of only nine companies in the nation to achieve a 100 percent rating every year since the index began in 2002, the company said.
The annual report rates how major American companies treat LGBT employees, consumers and investors. The CEI 2012 evaluates businesses on factors such as non-discrimination policies, diversity training and benefits for domestic partners and transgender employees.
"That so many of our nation's leading businesses champion equal treatment of LGBT people and their families tells the story," said Replacements' Chairman and CEO Bob Page. "As a country, we are moving towards more and more inclusion. Businesses get that, and employers like Replacements are proud to speak out for policies in the best interests of all our people. Efforts like the anti-gay, anti-family amendment here in North Carolina go against everything that is happening in workplaces and communities in North Carolina and across the country," he said, referring to a May 2012 referendum to amend North Carolina's constitution that would prohibit recognition of civil unions and domestic partnerships for unmarried same-sex and opposite-sex couples living and working in the state. "Our CEI score reflects our deep commitment to equality. Replacements strongly opposes all forms of discrimination, and we hope that all North Carolinians will join us in working to secure the rights of our fellow citizens."