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New York, January 21, 2020 -- Macmillan Learning, a privately-held, family-owned education publishing company, announced today that it earned 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The Human Rights Campaign is the nation's largest civil rights organization working to achieve LGBTQ equality. The Index is part of the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and is the nation’s premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Macmillan Learning joins the ranks of more than 680 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.
“Macmillan Learning is proud to be a ‘best place to work for LGBTQ equality’. We know that it is simply the right thing to do. Having a diverse and inclusive workforce is central to who we are and we know that it’s critical that students see themselves in their learning materials,” said Kristin Peikert, Vice President of Human Resources, Macmillan Learning.
Diversity and inclusion are core values of Macmillan Learning. The company states clearly that they aim to have a broad representation of backgrounds, genders, races, sexual orientations, physical abilities, and backgrounds in the content they produce, the authors they work with, and the employees they hire and develop. To accomplish this, the company’s Human Resource team works with their Diversity and Inclusion council to raise awareness, plan events, and recruit in support of a workforce where employees feel they belong and are treated with respect and fairness.
Employees from across the company actively seek out new ways to cultivate a culture that welcomes differences. Some of the many highlights from this past year include adding transgender-inclusive healthcare benefits, partnering with a new stock photography vendor to have access to more diverse photos, implementing gender neutral pronouns in the employee handbook., and offering several “fireside chats”, talks at each of their offices across the US meant to highlight diverse authors including LGBTQ expert Jessica Soukup.
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories: non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBTQ equality, and responsible citizenship. Macmillan Learning successfully satisfied all of CEI’s criteria, providing them with this award.
The results of this year’s CEI showcase how over 1000 U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the U.S. and advancing the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad. The full report is available at www.hrc.org/cei.
About The Human Rights Campaign Foundation
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.
About Macmillan Learning
Macmillan Learning is a privately-held, family owned company that improves lives through learning. By linking research to learning practice, we develop pioneering products and learning materials for students that are highly effective and drive improved outcomes. Our engaging content is developed in partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers. To learn more, please visit macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or join our Macmillan Community.