International Game Technology (IGT) announced Thursday it received a perfect score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning the global company that coveted "Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality" designation.
The nation's benchmarking survey for LGBTQ+ equality in the workplace, the CEI evaluates corporate policies and practices to measure an employer's commitment to workplace equality.
IGT joins the ranks of a record-breaking 842 U.S.-based companies to receive a perfect CEI score this year. The educational arm of the nation's largest LGBTQ+ civil rights advocacy group, the HRC Foundation rated businesses on detailed criteria across four central pillars:
Since 2018, IGT has implemented a range of programs, policy and systems changes, and leading practices that have promoted all dimensions of diversity to make the company a more attractive and inclusive employer. Some of these actions include:
In an official press release, Vincent Sadusky, IGT CEO, spoke about this recongition and said: "IGT earning the HRC Foundation's 'Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality' designation is a reflection of our commitment to provide a workplace culture that is welcoming, equitable and empowering to LGBTQ+ employees across the globe. I wish to thank our approximately 11,000 employees worldwide, especially members of PRIDE with IGT, who together with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion embrace and activate IGT's core values and contributed to this milestone achievement".
Melissa Pursley, IGT Vice President and COO IGT Indiana and Co-Executive Sponsor of "Pride with IGT", added: "This designation reinforces that IGT's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is focused on impact. Many in the LGBTQ+ community still struggle to thrive at work, and as a senior leader at IGT and a member of the LGBTQ+ community, I am proud that IGT has taken consistent steps to ensure that this is not the case for our colleagues."
Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training, commented: "When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers—from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns—could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically. We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to IGT for achieving the title of 'Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality' and working to advance inclusion in the workplace."