Blank Rome received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. With this score, Blank Rome has been designated for the sixth year in a row as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”
“We are honored to continue receiving recognition by the Human Rights Campaign for our Firm’s ongoing commitment to fostering and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) in our workplace, the legal industry, and beyond,” said Grant S. Palmer, Managing Partner and CEO at Blank Rome. “Celebrating our Firm’s 75th Anniversary this year not only honors Blank Rome’s history, founded on the core mission and vision of cultivating a law firm where people of diverse backgrounds could gather to practice law, but also focuses on our Firm’s future. Through the dedicated efforts of our Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which recently welcomed our new Director of Diversity and Inclusion Krystal Studavent Ramsey, and our affinity groups—BR Pride, BR United, Women’s Forum, and BR Parents Forum—Blank Rome will continue its ongoing commitment of advancing progressive DEI initiatives for generations to come.”
“From the previously unimaginable impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to a long overdue reckoning with racial injustice, 2020 was an unprecedented year. Yet, many businesses across the nation stepped up and continued to prioritize and champion LGBTQ equality,” said Alphonso David, Human Rights Campaign President and Blank Rome Alumnus. “This year has shown us that tools like the CEI are crucial in the work to increase equity and inclusion in the workplace, but also that companies must breathe life into these policies and practices in real and tangible ways. Thank you to the companies that understand protecting their LGBTQ employees and consumers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do—but the best business decision.”
The 2021 CEI rated 1,142 U.S.-based businesses and evaluated in detail LGBTQ-related policies and practices under the following four central pillars: non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families; supporting an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility. Blank Rome’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.” For more information on the 2021 CEI, or to download a free copy of the report, please visit hrc.org/cei. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work, and in every community.