By Hervé Tessler
Xerox values a workplace environment that encourages all employees to bring their hearts, minds, intellect and passion to work. We are honored to be one of the original 13 companies to earn a perfect 100 percent ranking on the Corporate Equality Index back in 2002, and to retain that ranking continuously every year since. Xerox is proud to lead as we continue to work along this journey.
“These businesses know that LGBTQ equality makes them stronger in the global economy.” — Hervé Tessler, president of Corporate Operations for Xerox.
Since our earliest days, Xerox embarked on a never-ending work to demonstrate that good business and diversity are not only compatible, but synergistic. At our company, diversity is not viewed as a mandate, but as an essential part of our corporate culture. We are committed to an inclusive workplace, and recognize that our LGBT employees and Allies are a key to delivering innovation for our customers, a winning business culture and strong connections to the communities in which we live and serve.
So it is with a great sense of pride that we note that for the 15th consecutive year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRCF) has named Xerox to the 2017 Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, once again earning a 100 percent ranking on their Corporate Equality Index. Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.
In this 15th edition of the Corporate Equality Index, the HRCF reports the largest increase in top-rated businesses in the history of their survey — 517 employers, spanning nearly every industry and geography. Each have earned perfect 100 percent scores. In addition, 2016 saw the Corporate Equality Index’ largest jump ever in businesses offering transgender-inclusive healthcare coverage — from 511 last year to 647 this year. These businesses know that LGBTQ equality makes them stronger in the global economy.
At Xerox, we recognize that LGBT inclusion and workplace equality is critical to create innovative solutions that achieve business goals and improve bottom-line results. Because we focus on diversity, we are able to hire, promote and retain the best people who are well-suited for our business. Our commitment to diversity in the workplace, and equal opportunity for all, will never waver. It’s who we are at Xerox.