Amidst the usual news of tension and dissonance between management and employees in the industry, it’s refreshing to see an airline highlights for its supportive work environment.
United Airlines has earned a 100 percent rating for the fifth consecutive year in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The CEI ranks top companies and law firms based on their policies regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees.
“As a global company, it is our mission to foster an inclusive and diverse culture in which every employee is accepted, valued, respected and treated fairly,” says Mike Bonds, executive vice president of Human Resources and Labor Relations at United Airlines. “We are very proud to be recognized for our culture of working together and our commitment to making United a great place to work.”
The CEI rates companies on specific policies and practices related to LGBT equality. To achieve a perfect score and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality,” companies are required to have fully inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence their commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship.
United believes that the rich diversity of ideas, experiences, cultures and lifestyles that make up its workforce of more than 85,000 allows the airline to deliver great service and products to its customers around the globe. United is committed to creating a work environment where all employees feel included and empowered to make a measurable difference in its success. United offers policies, programs, benefits, privileges and recognition designed to reward and support the success of its diverse workforce. The airline is equally committed to its multicultural community sponsorships as well as supplier diversity initiatives.
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