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35 Food & Beverage Manufacturers & Retailers Achieve Perfect Scores on 2019 Corporate Equality Index

Tuesday, April 2, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Krista Garver, Food Industry Executive
The food and beverage industry made a good showing on this year’s Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI measures companies on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer equality.

This year, 35 manufacturers and retailers scored a perfect 100, based on policies and initiatives in three key areas:

  • Non-discrimination policies across business entities
  • Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families
  • Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility

Food and beverage manufacturers and retailers scoring 100 on the 2019 CEI:

Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc.
Aramark Corp.
Barilla America Inc.
Brown-Forman Corp.
Burger King Corp.
Campbell Soup Co.
Cargill Inc.
Chobani
The Coca-Cola Company
Conagra Brands In.
Constellation Brands Inc.
Danone North America
Diageo North America
Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc.
E&J Gallo Winery
Food Lion
General Mills Inc.
GIANT Food Stores, LLC
Giant of Maryland, LLC
Hannaford Supermarkets
The Hershey Co.
International Flavors and Fragrances
Kellogg Co.
The Kraft Heinz Company
The Kroger Co.
McDonald’s Corp.
MillerCoors LLC
Nestlé Purina PetCare Co.
Nestlé USA Inc.
PepsiCo Inc.
Pernod Ricard USA LLC
Shake Shack Inc
Sodexo Inc.
Starbucks Corp.
Walmart Inc.


Several suppliers to the food and beverage industry also made the list, including Ecolab, Emerson, and Rockwell Automation.

Policies and practices that support LGBTQ equality are becoming more important for businesses. Millennials and Gen Z prize corporate social responsibility, which includes diversity and inclusion, when making both purchasing and employment decisions.

Almost 70% of Millennials actively consider company values when making a purchase (Forrester).
75% of Millennials expect their employers to take a stand on social issues (Glassdoor).
15% of Millennials and 22% of Gen Z feel ranked LGBT among the top three areas of diversity that businesses need to address (Deloitte).

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