Nissan Achieves Third Straight Perfect Score in Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index
Two years ago, the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index listed Nissan with a perfect score of 100 for the company’s LGBT-inclusive policies and community commitment, and now, two years later, nothing has changed—Nissan has, for the third consecutive year, received a perfect score.
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“Nissan has the most diverse consumer base of any automotive manufacturer and our focus on inclusion – in both our consumer base and our workforce – is a point of pride for us, which helps us attract not only new customers to the Nissan brand but also potential employees,” said Jeffrey Webster, director of Diversity and Inclusion at Nissan. “With an engaged group of LGBT employees and allies, Nissan is well positioned to connect with the LGBT community.”
Webster is not exaggerating. For example, Nissan sponsored the North American Gay Amateur Athletic Alliance’s 39th Annual Gay Softball World Series, a nine-day event that drew 185 teams from cities across the US and Canada, and then sponsored the National Gay and Lesbian Journalists Association’s 25th anniversary convention. In addition, Nissan makes sure to offer inclusive benefits and diversity workshops for employees, even going so far as to create a “Diversity and Inclusion” team that works closely with the HRC and advocacy groups to drive a culture of equality in the workplace.
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Then this year, Nissan revised its charitable contributions policy, so now it reads that Nissan will not donate to any organizations “that discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, veteran status, physical challenge, national origin, sexual orientation or gender identity.”
Nissan credits all of these outreach programs to the company’s employee group, the Gay Straight Alliance at Nissan.