For the 11th year in a row, U.S. Bank received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index – a measure of the best places to work for LGBTQ employees.
"At U.S. Bank, we believe in doing the right thing, and that includes creating a workplace that is welcoming to LGBTQ employees. We are gratified to once again be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign with a perfect score for those efforts," said Ann Dyste, U.S. Bank LGBTQ strategy segment lead.
To earn the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality, U.S. Bank met all of the Human Rights Campaign's criteria, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.
In 2017, U.S. Bank added Spectrum employee resource groups for LGBTQ employees and allies, launching three regional chapters to bring the total to eight. That effort resulted in a 70 percent increase in membership to 1,359 members, with more chapters planned for 2018. In addition, the company expanded its participation in Pride events across the country to 33 local observances. U.S. Bank also focused on enhancing the customer experience of the LGBTQ community by providing employees with cultural awareness training and creating the bank's first LGBTQ website at usbank.com/pride.
"U.S. Bank demonstrates again and again that LGBTQ employees and customers are respected and valued. It is part of our fundamental philosophy of how we treat our customers and each other," Dyste said.
"The CEI score is a sign to members of the LGBTQ community that, should their hopes and aspirations bring them to, or keep them at, U.S. Bank, all are welcome and can thrive at here," said Alberto Venzor, vice president in wealth management and a member of the Spectrum group in Chicago. "I am both an employee and a customer and appreciate that we are a company that cares about issues relevant to LGBTQ employees and communities. We talk the talk and walk the walk."
For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
U.S. Bancorp, with 73,000 employees and $459 billion in assets as of September 30, 2017, is the parent company of U.S. Bank, the fifth-largest bank in the United States. The Minneapolis-based bank blends its branch and ATM network with mobile and online tools that allow customers to bank how, when and where they prefer. U.S. Bank is committed to serving its millions of retail, small business, wealth management, payment, wholesale and securities services customers across the country and around the world as a trusted financial partner, a commitment recognized by the Ethisphere Institute naming the bank a 2017 World's Most Ethical Company. In 2016, U.S. Bank contributed $54.2 million to nonprofit organizations across the country through the U.S. Bank Foundation and corporate contributions. Additionally, employees donated more than 219,000 volunteer hours creating opportunities at work, home and play across the country. Visit U.S. Bank online or follow on social media to stay up to date with company news.
Shera Dalin, U.S. Bank Public Affairs and Communications