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Supervalu received a 100 percent rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s seventh annual Corporate Equality Index, which rates U.S. employers on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) employees, consumers, and investors.
As the only grocery retailer to receive the 100 percent rating on the survey, the honor marks the second time in as many years Supervalu has received a perfect rating, after becoming the first U.S. grocery retailer to achieve the Index's highest score last year.
“As a leading food retailer, it's critical that our associates and our company reflect the diversity of our customer base,” said Jeff Noddle, Supervalu’s chairman and c.e.o. “Embracing diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key component of our business strategy, and is essential to achieving our goal of being the best place to work, shop, and invest in the grocery retail industry."
Supervalu achieved its second consecutive top rating in recognition of companywide initiatives including a corporate diversity and inclusion department; a Corporate Diversity Council made up of senior leaders who meet regularly to discuss and implement strategies; and a corporate partnership forged with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC). Supervalu was the first grocer to work in partnership with the group, as well as others.
Supervalu has also received the 2008 Twin Cities Pride Corporate Achievement Award, for combating discrimination in the workplace in the past year.
Released each fall, the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rates major U.S. employers on a scale from 0 to 100 percent on their treatment of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender employees, consumers and investors. The average rating of Fortune 500 companies was 83 percent.