Several new Philly companies get top HRC rating

Four Philadelphia-headquartered companies received a perfect 100 score for the first time this week on Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index.

The CEI rates companies nationwide on their policies and practices regarding LGBT workers. Of the 947 companies rated, a record-breaking 609 received full marks, including Philly’s Chubb Corp., Ballard Spahr LLP, Duane Morris LLP and Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP.

The four local organizations joined six others that have received the highest rating for at least the past two years: Comcast NBCUniversal; Aramark Corp.; Blank Rome LLP; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; and Pepper Hamilton LLP.

“At a time when the rights of LGBTQ people are under attack by the Trump-Pence administration and state legislatures across the country, hundreds of top American companies are driving progress toward equality in the workplace,” HRC President Chad Griffin said in a statement. “The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their operations around the globe and impacting millions of people beyond our shores.”

The average score for Pennsylvania companies was 91, up from last year’s 80. The lowest-rated company in the state was Fort Washington’s Severn Trent Services Inc., which got a 15. Philadelphia-based Pep Boys-Manny, Moe & Jack again stayed steady with a 45.