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What are HRC’s CEI Criteria?

HRC’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) has a lot less to do with “equality” than its name would seem to imply. This is because earning a top score of 100 on the CEI means that a company must receive maximum points under multiple criteria, which demand adherence to HRC’s requirements to promote the LGBT platform.

In order to fulfill the requirements of the CEI, a company must “demonstrate ongoing LGBTQ-specific engagement that extends across the firm” in the following ways:

  • Actively recruit LGBT employees.
  • Demonstrate effort to contract with LGBT suppliers.
  • Directly market to LGBT consumers and/or feature LGBT content in advertising.
  • Provide philanthropic support to LGBT advocacy organizations or events.
  • Publicly support legislation or initiatives advancing the LGBT policy agenda.

Additionally, under Criteria 4, a company stands to have points deducted for “directing corporate charitable contributions to organizations whose primary mission includes advocacy against LGBTQ equality.”

However, for HRC, “equality” means the categorical acceptance and celebration of alternative lifestyles without question. Furthermore, HRC and the left are quick to label any measure to provide protection for religion or freedom of conscience to be “discriminatory,” especially if limits the LGBT agenda. So, in effect, companies that score 100 on the CEI are agreeing to push the HRC’s values while agreeing to help bully charities and non-profits that operate in accordance with traditional values.

Companies that agree to the demands of the CEI are essentially agreeing to do HRC’s bidding in the name of that agenda.