Orrville, OH — The J.M. Smucker Co. has achieved a rating of 100 on the Corporate Equality Index a report published by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation that evaluates companies on equality and inclusion for LGBTQ+ employees.
“We have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to cultivating an inclusive work environment where every employee feels welcome, supported and celebrated, and this recognition is a powerful reflection of the progress we have made,” says Board Chair, President and CEO Mark Smucker. “This achievement is thanks to the passion and hard work of people and teams across our organization. I would like to specifically share my appreciation for our PRIDE Alliance employee resource group, which has provided perspective and leadership as we’ve evolved resources, policies and practices that support and protect our LGBTQ+ community.”
The score reflects the company’s continued progress over more than a decade to offer support, enhance benefits and expand employee education and training, as well as the positive role the company has played in promoting allyship, understanding and acceptance in its communities.
Since 2002, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation has driven progress in the business environment by releasing their annual Corporate Equality Index, a metric-based approach to scoring organizations based on the following categories:
- Workforce Protections
- Inclusive Benefits
- Supporting an Inclusive Culture
- Corporate Social Responsibility