AP NEWSBYTE – SAP Americas, Inc., a subsidiary of SAP AG (NYSE: SAP), today announced that it received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation.
“SAP’s return to the top of the HRC’s 2014 Corporate Equality Index signifies our commitment to establishing a workplace that supports and collaborates with LGBT colleagues,” said Anka Wittenberg, Chief Diversity & Inclusion Office. “I applaud our community for working with Human Resources to evolve policies and practices to help ensure we maintain a welcoming and inclusive environment for all. We value an open company culture and are proud of the unique contribution each individual makes at SAP.”
Some of the programs and initiatives that make SAP one of the best places to work for all include:
- Employee networks and resource groups: The LGBT resource group at SAP is known as Pride@SAP and focuses on encouraging transparency and visibility for LGBT colleagues. The network helps increase the understanding of work and life issues and supports colleagues to be more open about who they are and how awareness of LGBT issues contribute to the company’s success.
- Flex Appeal program: Flexible working options help employees manage their work/life balance and can lead to increases in productivity and worker satisfaction. The Flex Appeal program creates transparency for employees as to what flexible working arrangements their office location offers and supports.
- Autism at Work program: Behind the label of autism, many people have a great deal to offer and SAP is embracing their talents. By launching several pilots throughout the world to hire people with autism, the company is working to facilitate a broader conversation to challenge perceptions and create change.
“At SAP, diversity is more than just a policy, it is a smart way to do business,” said Pat Pettinati, chief human resources officer, SAP Americas. “Creating a more inclusive workplace helps to drive our sustainable growth and innovation while giving us a competitive edge.”
The 2014 CEI rated 934 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. SAP’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a “Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.”
The HRC is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality for all. For more information on the 2014 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
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