Wabtec Corp. has been included on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).
The Foundation describes the CEI as “the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies, practices and benefits pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.” For 2021, 1,142 U.S.-based companies were included.
CEI criteria fall under four pillars: non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families; supporting an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility.
Wabtec reports that it established last year a Diversity and Inclusion Council, which oversees company policies and practices; and offers Employee Resource Groups, including the LGBTQ+ Forum, which “take an active role in personal and professional development to support advancement and inclusion.”
“It is an honor to be ranked by this respected authority on LGBTQ workplace equality,” Wabec Chief Human Resources Officer Niki Theophilus said. “Lasting change starts from within, and Wabtec is committed to bringing diversity and inclusion efforts to the forefront—ensuring every voice is heard and respected. Our inclusion in this year’s Corporate Equality Index demonstrates we are on the right track, and there is even more we can do. We will use the CEI ranking to build upon our progress and create a vibrant workplace where our people feel they belong and have the support to realize their full potential.”
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.”