Last year, when Comcast and NBCUniversal joined forces, we set very high expectations and standards for ourselves. We not only aligned our businesses, but also our shared beliefs in what it takes to be outstanding corporate citizens.

We know what success looks like, and that includes being the model of diversity and inclusion in the broadest sense, both as a social value and a business imperative. For our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees, customers and many stakeholders, we work hard to live up to that promise.

Today, I'm thrilled to report that we are now officially among the "Best Places to Work" for the LGBT community. That news comes from the latest analysis by the Human Rights Campaign and its well-respected Corporate Equality Index. Together and for the first time, Comcast and NBCUniversal scored a perfect 100% on the newest Index.

The Human Rights Campaign, with over a million members, is the nation's largest civil rights group representing the needs of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people and their families and allies.

Why does it matter?

It's simple. While we strive to make our workplace as welcoming and fair-minded for all employees, including the LGBT community, the Human Rights Campaign benchmarks all Fortune 500 companies, and many others, to set universal and trusted standards.

Employers like us are judged by whether we enforce nondiscrimination policies in our hiring, promotions and retention policies that include sexual orientation and gender identity. They ask us whether we offer equal health and other employment benefits not only to married couples, but to same-sex domestic partners. They look at our supplier diversity practices as well as our corporate philanthropy, and our marketing practices.

In short, the HRC believes we practice what we preach. Please join all of us not only to celebrate our milestone, but to build on this record of leadership in equality and inclusion over many years to come.