Stanley Black & Decker earns top grade on LGBTQ equality

Published on Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:19
Written by Karla Santos


NEW BRITAN - Stanley Black & Decker was recently recognized as one of 2019’s Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

According to the company, Stanley Black & Decker, headquartered in New Britain, received a perfect score of 100 on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, a report on corporate practices and regulations related to workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

The report is the work of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. More than 560 U.S. businesses earned top scores.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said. “Many of these companies have also become vocal advocates for equality in the public square, including the dozens that have signed on to amicus briefs in vital Supreme Court cases and the more than 170 that have joined Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Time and again, leading American businesses have shown that protecting their employees and customers from discrimination isn’t just the right thing to do - it’s also good for business.”

Throughout 2018, Stanley Black & Decker made changes to improve policies on LGBTQ inclusivity. The company established transgender transition guidelines and training on LGBTQ and unconscious bias.

The company also has a Pride & Allies employee resource group that works on LGBTQ community outreach.

“I passionately believe that diversity and inclusion are key to a workplace where purpose-driven top performers can thrive,” Stanley Black & Decker President and CEO Jim Loree, said. “I’m honored to join these leading companies that are demonstrating their support of inclusivity for all and appreciate the efforts my colleagues across the company have made to make Stanley Black & Decker a place where LGBTQ employees can bring their whole selves to work.”

The Corporate Equality Index report evaluates practices and policies in relation to the LGBTQ community as well as domestic partner benefits, non-discrimination workplace protections, competency programs, public engagement with the LGBTQ community and transgender-inclusive health care benefits.

For more information on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, visit .

To learn more about Stanley Black & Decker, visit .

Posted in New Britain Herald, Business, New Britain on Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:19. Updated: Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:21.