Cox a Top Workplace for LGBTQ Equality
Cox is one of the “Best Places to Work” for LGBTQ Equality, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.
The company received a perfect score of 100 percent on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index. Earlier this year, Cox also was recognized on Forbes’ prestigious list of America’s Best Employers for Diversity.
The Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices for LGBTQ employees. The index is part of the Workplace Equality Program for the HRC Foundation.
Cox believes people should not be discriminated against because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. For more than 120 years, we’ve been committed to having a diverse workforce that reflects the communities we serve.
More than a Core Value
"One of the things that makes Cox such a great place to work is our approach to diversity and inclusion,” said Sujata Gosalia, Cox Communications EVP & chief strategy officer who also serves as executive sponsor of the company’s Pride Employee Resource Group. “At Cox, diversity is both a core value and an important piece of our business strategy – we want to reflect the communities we serve. We are a company where all identities, cultures and backgrounds are celebrated, and we seek to ensure our employees can bring their authentic selves to work every day."
Cox’s diversity and inclusion efforts have expanded in recent years to remain best-in-class. In 2019, Cox enhanced our health benefits package to include gender confirmation surgery for all benefits-eligible employees. We try to lead by example and encourage our people to support each other — and their communities — in a variety of ways. Cox has five LGBTQ employee resource group chapters (Pride) with more than 728 members focused on developing strategies that promote inclusion. Our enterprisewide volunteer policy allows employees to donate their time to organizations like Pride that matter to them.
Cox provides cash and in-kind donations to dozens of organizations dedicated to promoting diversity and advocating for the needs of minorities. For example, Cox is national silver sponsor of the Human Rights Campaign, and a gold-level sponsor of the Atlanta Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (since 2007) and the LGBT Institute’s annual Diversity in Business Forum. Cox is also a Rainbow (top level) sponsor of the Atlanta Pride Festival Each year and an annual supporter of Jerusalem house, a nonprofit in greater Atlanta that helps families and homeless individuals affected by HIV/AIDS.
Additionally, Cox is a member of the HRC’s Business Coalition for Equality Act to show support for federal legislation that provides the same basic protections to the LGBTQ people as are provided to other protected groups under federal law.
This marks the 17th year that HRC has issued the Corporate Equality Index report. This year, Cox improved from a score of 90 percent to 100 percent based upon demonstrated LGBTQ commitment and enhancements.
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