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Slalom awarded perfect score for Corporate Equality Index

2018 update: For the fourth year running, Slalom was proud to be named a best place to work for LGBT equality by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation. We received a perfect score on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index. We’re honored to be awarded this continued recognition from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Slalom earns top marks for LGBT support

November 18, 2014

Slalom has earned the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s top score for its support of equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

“I am just beaming with pride,” said Rick Rankin, the Slalom managing director who led the effort to earn a perfect score in the 2015 Corporate Equality Index. “I always knew we were an amazing place and a super open and friendly work environment. This is just kind of a capstone of that, from an LGBT perspective.”

The perfect score is awarded to companies who provide equal opportunities and benefits for all employees, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. To earn a score of 100, companies also must show a commitment to diversity, public support for inclusion in areas such as recruitment and philanthropy, and responsible citizenship around lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights.

Slalom is one of 366 companies to receive the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s top marks. The organization rated 971 organizations total.

This is the second year that Slalom has received a Corporate Equality Index ranking. After receiving a near-perfect score of 90 in the 2014 rankings, Rankin said Slalom’s natural competitive edge kicked in.

“We all looked at each other and said, ‘Next year: 100. We’re not letting up on that,’” Rankin said.

To make it to the top ranking, Slalom needed only to make a minor change to its benefits package, to include health benefits related to transgender care. Rankin said that change was in keeping with the consulting firm’s overall commitment to making sure that Slalom is a welcoming and friendly place for all employees, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender employees.

It’s also an example of the company’s dedication to a set of core values that top executives insist aren’t just lip service. They include the commitment to “do what is right, always,” and to “celebrate authenticity.”

For Rankin, the top ranking is both a personal and a professional accomplishment. When he was first starting out in consulting, he said he felt like he had to hide the fact that he was gay.

“I was afraid for people to know the authentic me,” Rankin said.

It wasn’t until he had reached the executive ranks that he felt comfortable coming out at the office. By the time he joined Slalom six years ago, Rankin said he decided he would only join a new firm if he was sure the company would value him for who he was.

He hopes that everyone else who joins Slalom feels like they can be their authentic selves, and that he is a role model for that.

“I hope that me being so (passionate) about this, and so outspoken, gives (our younger LGBT) people someone to look up to,” he said.


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