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S.A. companies show room for improvement on HRC Corporate Equality Index
QSanAntonio, December 9, 2013

None of the four San Antonio corporations included in the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index achieved a perfect score. In fact, one respected local company scored a zero.

This year marks the 12th edition of HRC's list of corporate rankings. A record 305 major businesses, from nearly every industry, earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of being a "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality."

Another record set this year was the number of Fortune 500-ranked businesses, 299, that submitted surveys.

San Antonio companies did not fare so well on the index. The highest score among the four included was 75 and the lowest was zero. Below are the rankings and the reasons given by HRC for the scoring.

Clear Channel Media Holdings - Score 75
Clear Channel had points taken aways because it does not have parity across other “soft” benefits for partners and it does not have firm-wide organizational competency programs.

H. E. Butt Grocery Company (H-E-B) - Score 40
H-E-B had points taken away because: it does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity; it does not have parity across other soft benefits for partners; does not offer transgender inclusive health insurance; does not offer firm wide organization competency programs; and does no positively engage the external LGBT community

United Services Automobile Assn. (USAA) - Score 0
USAA's score is based on the fact that it did not complete the survey.

Valero Energy Corporation - Score 15
Valero did not complete a survey but got 15 points based on its policy that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Below are HRC's complete list of criteria.

Corporate Equality Index Rating Criteria

1a- Prohibits Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation (15 points)

1b - Prohibits Discrimination Based on Gender Identity or Expression (15 points)

2a - Offers Partner Health/Medical Insurance (15 points)

2b - Has Parity Across Other “Soft” Benefits for Partners (10 points) (half credit for parity across some, but not all benefits)

2c - Offers Transgender-Inclusive Health Insurance Coverage (10 points)

3a - Firm-wide Organizational Competency Programs (10 points)

3b - Has Employer-Supported Employee Resource Group OR Firm-Wide Diversity Council (10 points) Would Support ERG if Employees Express Interest (half credit)

4 - Positively Engages the External LGBT Community (15 points) (partial credit of 5 points given for less than 3 efforts)

5 - Responsible Citizenship Employers will have 25 points deducted from their score for a large-scale official or public anti-LGBT blemish on their recent records (-25 points)

Click here to see a complete copy of the Corporate Equality Index.