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Delhaize America received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Delhaize America, which joins the ranks of 407 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year, "is committed to upholding a diverse and inclusive environment for all of our associates," said Millette Granville, director of diversity and inclusion for the Salisbury, N.C.-based company, whose East Coast retail subsidiaries include Food Lion and Hannford Bros. "We are proud and honored to have earned a perfect score in the Corporate Equality Index again this year, a true reflection of this mission."
The 2016 CEI rated 1,027 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.
Delhaize America's efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
According to CEI: “Hundreds of major businesses responded to our new standards for workplace equality with exceptional leadership. Delhaize America not only meets these standards, it goes above and beyond the call of duty, making commitment to equality a fundamental aspect of its corporate values."
More information about the 2016 Corporate Equality Index is available here.