WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The nonprofit advocacy group Human Rights Campaign has named Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) as a 2018 "Best Place to Work" for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees. The Washington, D.C.-based HRC gave Raytheon a perfect 100 percent rating for the thirteenth consecutive year.
HRC is the largest LGBTQ civil rights group in the U.S. The Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the HRC, rated businesses for its annual Corporate Equality Index. The CEI evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community.
"Ensuring an inclusive environment isn't just the right thing to do; it strengthens Raytheon's competitive advantage," said Emanuel Brady, vice president and chief diversity officer for Raytheon. "Employees who feel valued and empowered to bring their whole self to work are better able to develop creative and innovative solutions for our customers."
Raytheon has long been a diversity pioneer in the aerospace and defense sector. In January 2002, it became one of the first in the industry to adopt a benefits policy for domestic partners. In 2005, it became the first defense company to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. And in June 2016, Raytheon became the first in its field to offer a paid parental leave benefit to all employees.
For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
Raytheon Company, with 2016 sales of $24 billion and 63,000 employees, is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, civil government and cybersecurity solutions. With a history of innovation spanning 95 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration, C5I™ products and services, sensing, effects, and mission support for customers in more than 80 countries. Raytheon is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts. Follow us on Twitter.
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