Ogilvy one of the best places to work in the US if your LGBTQ


Global ad agency Ogilvy has been named one of the best places to work in the US if you’re LGBTQ.

The company, which has offices in London and around the world received a perfect score of 100 on the 2020 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for the sixth consecutive year.

The CEI, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, is the US’s premier benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

Ogilvy among top firms

Ogilvy joins more than 680 major US businesses to also earn top marks this year.

Donna Pedro, Ogilvy’s Worldwide Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer, said: “We profoundly believe that diversity is essential to our success and sustainability as a business.

“Diverse teams with a variety of viewpoints, perspectives, and backgrounds are better at solving our client’s complex problems. This allows us to more effectively make their brands matter today and for decades to come.

“To achieve a perfect score on the CEI six years in a row is a phenomenal accomplishment. It demonstrates our longstanding commitment to ensuring our talent reflects the diversity of our clients and their customers.”

Detailed criteria

The CEI rates companies and top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories: non-discrimination policies; employment benefits; demonstrated organisational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion; public commitment to LGBTQ equality; and responsible citizenship.

The results of this year’s CEI showcase how 1,059 US-based companies are promoting LGBTQ-friendly workplace policies in the US. It also shows how they’re helping advance the cause of LGBTQ inclusion in workplaces abroad.

The full report was released today and is available online here.

Ogilvy’s efforts to meet all the CEI criteria earned it the ranking and designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

Inclusive culture

In addition to a focus on inclusive policies and practices, Ogilvy’s PRIDE employee professional network fosters an inclusive workplace culture. LGBT and ally employees connect to grow as professionals and contribute to the agency’s overall success through client work.

PRIDE’s key objectives include workplace community building, networking and partnerships, and industry-wide thought-leadership.

PRIDE currently has US chapters in New York, Washington DC, and Chicago.

HRC President Alphonso David said: “The impact of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index over its 18-year history is profound.

“In this time, the corporate community has worked with us to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits, establishing the Corporate Equality Index as a primary driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion in America and across the globe.

Protecting employees

“These companies know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from discrimination is not just the right thing to do – it is also the best business decision.

“In addition, many of these leaders are also advocating for the LGBTQ community and equality under the law in the public square.

From supporting LGBTQ civil rights protections in the US through HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, to featuring transgender and non-binary people in an ad in Argentina, to advocating for marriage equality in Taiwan – businesses understand their LGBTQ employees and customers deserve to be seen, valued and respected not only at work, but in every aspect of daily life.”