Springfield, MA - The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) announced this week that Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) scored 100 percent on its Corporate Equality Index (CEI), earning a place on the CEI 2015 Best Places to Work List.
HRC, the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, annually surveys corporations that opt in using the CEI, its national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT employees. For 2015, MassMutual scored 100 percent, one of only 58 Fortune 100 companies that scored the top rating, has been named a Best Place to Work.
The CEI process evaluates companies based on equal employment opportunity, LGBT-friendly benefits, employee support, public engagement and responsible citizenship and assigns a rating to each.
Results are compiled across all participating companies and published annually, indicating the strides that corporate America has made in providing workplace equality to all employees.
“MassMutual’s top score is an acknowledgement of our ongoing success in promoting an environment of inclusion, respect and openness, and our progress toward integrating diversity and inclusion into every facet of our business from our workforce and sales force, to our culture and operations,” said Lorie Valle-Yanez, vice president and chief diversity officer, MassMutual. “MassMutual is proud to be a workplace of choice in the LGBT community."
MassMutual supports the LGBT community in various ways, beginning internally with sponsorship of its thriving PRIDE employee resource group and in the local community with sponsorship of the Northampton, Mass., “NoHo” Pride Parade, the Western Massachusetts AIDS Foundation, the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective and the Hartford Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Nationally, MassMutual sponsors the NGLCC (National Gay and Lesbian Chambers of Commerce), Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network), and the 2014 Gay Games held in Cleveland this past summer. The company also worked on and was one of the first to join the historic “friend of the court” brief that was filed in the U. S. Supreme Court urging the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and is a member of the Human Rights Campaign Business Coalitions for Benefits Tax Equity and for Repealing DOMA.
For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei. To learn more about MassMutual’s support of the LGBT community, visit www.massmutual.com/lgbt.
Founded in 1851, MassMutual is a leading mutual life insurance company that is run for the benefit of its members and participating policyowners. The company has a long history of financial strength and strong performance, and although dividends are not guaranteed, MassMutual has paid dividends to eligible participating policyowners consistently since the 1860s. With whole life insurance as its foundation, MassMutual provides products to help meet the financial needs of clients, such as life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance, retirement/401(k) plan services, and annuities. In addition, the company’s strong and growing network of financial professionals helps clients make good financial decisions for the long-term.
MassMutual Financial Group is a marketing name for Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and its affiliated companies and sales representatives. MassMutual is headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts and its major affiliates include: Babson Capital Management LLC; Baring Asset Management Limited; Cornerstone Real Estate Advisers LLC; The First Mercantile Trust Company; MassMutual International LLC; MML Investors Services, LLC, Member FINRA and SIPC; OppenheimerFunds, Inc.; and The MassMutual Trust Company, FSB.