Springfield, Mass., November 19, 2015 –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 2016 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 2016, MassMutual scored 100 percent, one of 57 Fortune 100 companies that scored the top rating.
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.
“Our 100% CEI score is the result of the collective efforts of our leaders and employees working together to promote an environment of inclusion, respect and openness, and an important indication of our progress toward integrating diversity and inclusion into every facet of our business,” said Lorie Valle-Yañez, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, MassMutual. “We are proud to be an employer and financial services provider of choice for the LGBT community.”
MassMutual provides domestic partner and transgender benefits, and recently developed transgender guidelines for its employees and managers. Through its Pride employee resource group, MassMutual has expanded its presence at the local and national level with sponsorship of events like the Northampton, MA, “NoHo” Pride Parade, Phoenix Pride in Phoenix, AZ, the NGLCC (National Gay and Lesbian Chambers of Commerce), Out and Equal Workplace Advocates, and GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network).
This year, MassMutual sponsored the Out100 Gala and the #VowToProtect award presented to Evan Wolfson on Nov. 9.
The company was also 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 2016 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.