FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Jan. 28, 2021
CONTACT: Victoria Rosengarten
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City proudly received a score of 100 on the 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), as announced today by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The CEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. With this top score, the Bank earns the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
This is the Bank’s second year to participate in the CEI survey. The Kansas City Fed joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned a top 100 score in 2021.
“Building and fostering an inclusive work environment for all Bank employees is a top priority for the Kansas City Fed,” said Esther George, president and CEO of the Kansas City Fed. “Understanding and valuing diverse backgrounds is essential to carrying out our important public mission. I’m proud of the Bank’s record as a workplace where all employees have the opportunity to develop and succeed.”
This year, 1,142 U.S.-based companies participated in the CEI survey. Companies rated in the survey span across industries, including Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses and other organizations.
The CEI rates employers providing crucial protections and LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies to over 18 million U.S. workers and an additional 17 million abroad. The Kansas City Fed’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
“Being named a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality is a testament to our ongoing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion at the Bank,” said Tammy Edwards, senior vice president of the Kansas City Fed’s Community Engagement and Inclusion Division and director of its Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. “We are focused on fostering a culture of inclusion, one of our Bank’s core values, and belonging for our 2,100 employees.”
The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;
- Supporting an inclusive culture; and,
- Corporate social responsibility.
As the regional headquarters of the nation’s central bank, the Kansas City Fed and its branch offices in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha serve the seven states of the Tenth District: Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Wyoming, northern New Mexico and western Missouri.