One of L’Oréal's signs at the 2018 NYC Pride March

L’Oréal has scored a perfect 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI).”

The CEI is the US’s premier benchmarking report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer workplace equality. Each year it rates companies on three key pillars ‒ non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families; and supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.

Announcing the cosmetic giant’s perfect score for the second year in a row, L’Oréal Luxe USA president Xavier Vey said L’Oréal is committed to promoting and celebrating diversity in all forms within the company and the industry as a whole.

“Our mission of ‘Beauty for All’ means making beauty accessible to and inclusive of everyone,” he said.

“I am committed to ensuring that LGBTQ employees’ voices are heard, and every individual is empowered to be their true self at work.”

L’Oréal USA’s recent efforts to support the LGBTQ community include:

  • Launching several employee-driven Think Tanks focused on various dimensions of workforce diversity, including OUT@L’Oréal, which advances initiatives that protect LGBTQ rights and promote well-being across the organization.
  • Partnering with the Ali Forney Center, an organisation dedicated to protecting LGBTQ youth from the harms of homelessness, for an LGBTQ Career and Education Panel engaging employees during L’Oréal USA’s annual Volunteer Day.
  • Adopting the United Nation Human Rights Office’s standards of conduct for business, which are designed to combat discrimination against the LGBTQ community.
  • Marching in the NYC Pride March (over 500 L’Oréal employees, representing the company’s portfolio of over 30 brands, marched in the parade).

Angela Guy, Loreal USA’s senior vice president of diversity & inclusion, said “diversity, respect and having a sense of belonging” are central to the company’s culture.

“We celebrate the differences that make us beautiful and champion the LGBTQ community both internally and externally,” she said.

“We are always working to be better advocates on behalf of our workforce, customers, and consumers and are honoured that HRC has recognized our efforts for a second year in a row.”

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