For the fifth year in a row, Humana has received a perfect score of 100 in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, building our reputation as a company that values our associates’ unique characteristics, backgrounds and beliefs. The Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.
In evaluating each business, the HRC Foundation looked at policies including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.
“We’re honored to be on this list, and we’re proud of the dedicated, diverse group of associates who made it happen,” said Tim Huval, Humana Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. “We know that all of our associates, not just some, have the right to feel welcome and safe at work. And we know that a diverse workforce is important for business, providing the spark necessary for innovative, creative thinking.”
In 2015, Humana added new benefits for LGBTQ associates and their families. The job-protected leave policy was updated to include same-sex spouses and domestic partners; it means that an associate who needs to take time away from work to care for a same-sex spouse or domestic partner, regardless of gender or sexual orientation, is eligible for unpaid, job-protected leave. A new parental leave benefit was added, covering same-sex spouses and domestic partners.
In 2016, the HRC Foundation started using more stringent requirements, including the need to have sexual orientation and gender identity non-discrimination protections explicitly included in all operations, both within the U.S. and extending to global operations; a requirement that U.S. contractors abide by companies’ existing inclusive non-discrimination policies; and the requirement that companies’ philanthropic arms not give to non-religious organizations that have a written policy of discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.
Humana realizes that shaping an inclusive world is a best business practice, and much of that work is associate-driven.
Humana’s Pride LGBTQ Network Resource Group is made up of associates who are committed to shaping an inclusive world – in and outside of Humana – where all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity, are celebrated and treated equally. They are a voluntary, self-driven group of LGBTQ and allied associates from across the organization.
Tim is an advocate for all Humana NRGs, which provide personal, experience-based forums for exchanging ideas and building a sense of community. In addition to the LGBTQ NRG, Humana’s NRGs also include groups for African-Americans, Hispanics, caregivers, military veterans, women, and Asian & Pacific Islanders.
All are associate-led and open to all associates. These groups provide valuable insights to company leadership on strategic business initiatives, improving Humana’s inclusive culture and outreach to diverse communities.