For the fifth consecutive year, Comcast NBCUniversal earned a score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and was named a Best Place to Work for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) Equality.
The CEI is a national benchmarking survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation which evaluates more than 1,000 businesses on their LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.
"It is important to us that every employee at our company – including LGBT employees and their allies – feel comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work every day," said David L. Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. "That’s why we are so proud to be recognized as an employer of choice for the LGBT community, which exemplifies Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to fostering an open and inclusive culture."
Diversity and inclusion are a top priority at Comcast NBCUniversal, and the company is committed to creating a culture of inclusion for our LGBT employees. OUT, Comcast NBCUniversal’s LGBT-focused Employee Resource Group (ERG), engages people at all levels of the organization, empowering employees to drive exceptional business results while supporting an inclusive, collaborative company culture. OUT@NBCUniversal, founded in 1986, was one of the nation’s first LGBT ERGs. Today, OUT has grown to nearly 3,000 members across Comcast and NBCUniversal.
In 2016, Comcast NBCUniversal and its employees participated in numerous LGBT Pride parades, including Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, New York City, Houston, Portland, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. In honor of Pride Month, the company broadcasted an Enrichment Series to all employees focused on the LGBT community. The June 2016 Enrichment Series, titled "Applaud LGBT," featured a discussion on entertainment industry trends in LGBT storytelling and character representation.
Comcast NBCUniversal offers a wide array of programming that appeals to an LGBT audience. With the recent launch of the Xfinity LGBT Film and TV Collection, Comcast has the largest curation of LGBT entertainment directly informed by the community. This year-round offering now includes more than 500 LGBT-centric storylines and characters. The Xfinity LGBT Collection can be accessed on Xfinity TV including X1 and Xfinity.com/LGBT. On June 1, 2016, NBC News launched NBC OUT, the first LGBTQ news vertical created by a major broadcast media organization. This news vertical offers robust content about and of interest to the LGBTQ community.
For more information on Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, read our 2016 Annual Report, "Our Foundation for Innovation" or subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, On Diversity. For more information on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, click here.