"Embracing diversity and inclusion provides a competitive advantage by creating an environment where the most outstanding talent in the world feels welcomed, respected and valued for their contributions"
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) today announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) published by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, a civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality.
Owens Corning has achieved a 100-percent CEI rating every year since 2004.
The 2013 CEI rated 889 companies, including all Fortune® 500 companies, on a scale of 0 to 100 percent relative to 40 specific policies and practices.
Owens Corning was one of a record of 252 companies to achieve a perfect CEI score. To achieve a perfect score and the distinction as one of the "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality," companies must have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency and a public commitment to equality, and exercise responsible citizenship.
"Owens Corning is honored to be recognized by the Human Rights Campaign for a ninth consecutive year as one of the best places to work for LGBT equality," said Frank O'Brien-Bernini, Owens Corning vice president and Chief Sustainability Officer, and executive sponsor of the company's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Advocates (GLBTA) affinity group.
"Embracing diversity and inclusion provides a competitive advantage by creating an environment where the most outstanding talent in the world feels welcomed, respected and valued for their contributions," O'Brien-Bernini added. "This enables Owens Corning and our customers to take full advantage of the collective experience and perspective that our employees possess."
Owens Corning has demonstrated a commitment to maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace. The company operates six employee-led affinity groups that work to advance the company's commitment to inclusiveness. These affinity groups, which include the African American Resource Group; Connections; GLBTA; Hispanic Diversity Council; Owens Corning Multicultural Network; and Women's Information Network, develop programs and activities focused on fostering employee engagement, business impact and community connections.
The 2013 CEI saw the largest growth in the survey's history with 54 new businesses opting in. The number of employers officially rated in the CEI has increased from 319 in 2002, to 688 this year, a jump of 116 percent.
For further information on the 2013 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About Owens Corning
Owens Corning (NYSE: OC) is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems. A Fortune® 500 Company for 58 consecutive years, Owens Corning is committed to driving sustainability by delivering solutions, transforming markets and enhancing lives. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2013, Owens Corning is a market-leading innovator of glass-fiber technology with sales of $5.3 billion in 2011 and about 15,000 employees in 28 countries on five continents. Additional information is available at www.owenscorning.com.