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Subaru Earns 100 Percent on Corporate Equality Index

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Subaru named one of the Best Places to Work For LGBTQ Equality for the fourth year in a row
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Every year, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation rates businesses based on corporate policies and activities in how they relate to LGBTQ equality. On the 2020 Corporate Equality Index, Subaru earned a full 100 percent, marking the fourth consecutive year that the automaker aced the test.

What is the CEI?

The CEI calculates its scores by evaluating business practices that fall into five general groups: non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability in the realm of LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBTQ equality, and responsible citizenship.


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The test found that Subaru more than met expectations in all of these categories, and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation gave the automaker the distinction of one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. This can be a huge factor for LGBTQ professionals considering a position at Subaru as well as potential customers, especially if they know first-hand how terrible workplace discrimination is. It’s also another clear message that Subaru cares about more than their bottom line.

Subaru was one of only four automotive brands to receive the distinction in 2020.

The official CEI Best Places to Work banner
Photo: Subaru

Subaru’s response

In a press release about the award, Thomas J. Doll, President and CEO, Subaru of America, Inc., said, “A dedication to equality, both in and out of the workplace, is integrated into our philosophy here at Subaru of America, and fostering an environment of diversity and inclusion remains a top priority. We are honored to be recognized by the CEI once again as a Best Place to Work and will continue to empower our employees to celebrate the unique differences that make us stronger.”

Social outreach programs are a huge part of Subaru’s identity, with its Share the Love Event bringing in $30.4 million in 2019 alone. The recognition by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and Best Place to Work classification speak volumes about the automaker’s philosophy, and it’s heartening to see a global corporation move past money to make sure that the workplace — and the world — are safe, welcoming, and equal for all people.


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