Snell & Wilmer Earns Perfect Score on 2021 Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ Inclusion

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PHOENIX - Arizonar -- Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) (https://www.hrc.org/resources/corporate-equalit...) for the fifth year in a row. Administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, the CEI is the nation's foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Of the three Arizona-based entities that received perfect scores, Snell & Wilmer was the only law firm listed from the state.

"Snell & Wilmer is honored to once again receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation," said Matthew P. Feeney (https://www.swlaw.com/people/matt_feeney), chair of Snell & Wilmer. "At its core, diversity is about people – the similarities that bind us and the differences that enrich us, individually and collectively. By itself, however, diversity cannot achieve any measure of meaningful and lasting success within any organization. Diversity needs equity and inclusion, which commits to driving fair outcomes and to ensuring that members of the firm feel confident they belong and that they are respected, valued, and appreciated for who they are as individuals. Our firm is dedicated to fostering an enjoyable working environment, based on open communication and mutual respect. As part of this commitment, we are proud of the focus of our extended team to enhance the ways we recognize the voices and importance of our LGBTQ colleagues and community and our collaborative efforts in achieving this important HRC recognition."

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The 2021 CEI report evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Snell & Wilmer's efforts in satisfying all the CEI's criteria resulted in the 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

The results of the 2021 CEI showcase how 1,142 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 57 percent of CEI-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 18 million U.S. workers and an additional 17 million abroad.

"We are proud to be recognized by the HRC for the fifth year in a row, reflecting the firm's continued commitment and effort to creating and sustaining an equitable and inclusive workplace that celebrates our LGBTQ+ individuals and communities," said Joann Thach, director of diversity and inclusion for Snell & Wilmer.

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https://www.swlaw.com/assets/pdf/news/2021/02/01/2021%20HRC%20CEI%20Score.pdf

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