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Photo via Corporate Equality Index report 2016
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There is still a long way to go in creating truly diverse workforces in the tech space, but at least the industry is making progress when it comes to LGBT workplace inclusion.

Those are the findings from the 2016 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) report published by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a LGBT civil rights organization based in Washington, D.C.

In the update of the yearly report, HRC found “a record-breaking 407 businesses nationwide earned 100-point scores in the CEI, and 21 of these companies are in the computer hardware, software and data services areas of the tech sector.”

Photo via CEI report
Photo via CEI report

To compile the report, HRC looked at 851 companies, ranking on criteria in five categories: nondiscrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBT diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBT equality, and responsible citizenship.

HRC reports that newcomers to the list Airbnb, Paypal, Twitter and WeddingWire all achieved perfect scores. Other notable tech companies joining the list include Eventbrite and Autodesk, both scoring 85 out of 100.

Seattle-area companies that scored 100 include: Alaska Airlines, Microsoft, Nordstrom, Outerwall, Razorfish, Slalom Consulting, Starbucks, T-Mobile, and law firms Davis Wright Tremaine, and Perkins Coie. Amazon scored 85.

The first CEI report was done in 2002, with Apple and Xerox then achieving perfect scores when it comes to LGBT workforce inclusion. “Those two companies are among only nine nationwide that have received perfect scores in every CEI,” HRC reports.

You can view by company and industry to see how employers stack up when it comes to supporting LGBT inclusion. Read the full report here and see more results below, all from the CEI report:

Chart via HRC/CEI report 2016

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