We at Autodesk pride ourselves on creating an open and collaborative environment, which makes this latest award even more special. Earlier this week, Autodesk received a score of 85 out of 100 on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality.
"For our first year participating in this survey, this is a great beginning," said Danny Guillory, Autodesk's new Head of Global Diversity & Inclusion. "It also shows that we have areas where we can grow as an organization in creating an inclusive environment for LGBT employees within Autodesk, as well as serving LGBT allies in our surrounding communities."
Over the past year, Autodesk's demonstrated its support of its LGBT workforce by:
- Establishing the Autodesk Pride Employee Resource Group
- Support of the Autodesk Pride employee resource group, culminating in its participation in the San Francisco Pride Parade
- Extending Health Benefits to be inclusive of the Transgender Community by adding gender reassignment benefits
- Becoming members of Out and Equal
- Driving a corporate LGBTQ networking group with other Bay Area technology companies
Over the next year, we are excited to explore areas of growth including competency training and resources on LGBT issues, as well as public engagement with the LGBT community via philanthropy and core business functions.
The survey is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, America's largest civil rights organization working to end discrimination against LGBT citizens. Autodesk's score reflects a commitment to LGBT workplace equality, with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices. The 2016 CEI rated a total of 1,024 businesses. The report 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.