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LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence

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Announcing Business Equality Excellence for 2022-23: Congratulations to the 245 Honorees

By BEQ Pride Editorial Team


The Business Equality Network announces our sixth annual LGBTQ Business Equality Excellence Award Recipients for 2022-23. The Business Equality Network and the BEQ Pride magazine editorial team are committed to the success of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer plus (LGBTQ+) business community.  We emphasize and acknowledge support for organizations and major employers that have made diverse and inclusive workplaces, multicultural engagement and supply chain diversity not just a policy but a practice.

Once a year, we honor organizations fostering economic stability in the LGBTQ+ community through the fair treatment and inclusion of LGBTQ+ employees, suppliers, consumers and partners in business. These organizations demonstrate the policies and practices of Business Equality Excellence.

The Business Equality Excellence program allows us to bring attention to the need to align excellence in the workplace (based on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index), marketplace (media and market presence showing LGBTQ+ engagement), supply chain (corporate partnership with NGLCC and membership in the Billion Dollar Roundtable) and philanthropy (engaging LGBTQ+ issues and charitable causes through monetary support). In addition, the program identifies the business community and industry leaders who have self-identified in full support of LGBTQ+ equality through their active business and economic inclusion efforts.

Business Equality Excellence is a journey we agree to take together. The 245 organizations and major employers have initiated their part of a social contract of the highest order—all people are created equal. Operating from this premise requires active allyship and inclusion in business. The Business Equality Network, BEQ Pride magazine and BusinessEqualityMagazine.com are devoted to amplifying the 245 ways these organizations demonstrate allyship and inclusion in business.

Of the 245 Business Equality Excellence Honorees, 97 are in the Northeast, 46 are in the South, 62 are in the Midwest and 40 are in the West.

The 245 major corporations, employers and sports organizations are active participants in the economic prosperity of the communities in which they operate—our communities. Moreover, their increased visible, vocal and financial commitment to equality in business (workforce, workplace, marketplace and supply chain) contributes to the local, national and global economic climate. But, it does not end there. As our journey to full LGBTQ+ equality and collective prosperity continues, we can make a difference.

Our voices matter.

The economic disparities and systemic disenfranchisement faced by many in the LGBTQ+ community and beyond can impact a business’s bottom line. Our engine of economic prosperity (job creation, investment, innovation, etc.) is in danger of running out of fuel unless we take action.


Three simple actions

Buy from and support the businesses that support your values. Your spending decisions speak for you. Brands make a significant investment to influence your decision to spend with them. Your choice in products and services (e.g., mortgage, automobile, insurance, food, entertainment, clothing or healthcare) are your choice. Your money speaks louder than words, so make each dollar count.

Speak up about the issues that matter to you and your family. Contact the leaders and representatives of these organizations with your concerns. As a loyal customer, employee, investor or stakeholder, you can take time to write a letter (or an email), call or connect on social media to voice concerns and issues. Hold them accountable.

Show up and be seen. Your physical presence can make a difference. Public events, resources and opportunities are available for you. Each organization engages with the community for public events as sponsors, direct providers or participants. To show up means to engage by expressing your appreciation of their sponsorship, sign up for the programs provided by the organization and bring your family and friends to participate in community activities.



2022-23 Business Equality Excellence Honorees 

Custom commemorative plaque available at https://bit.ly/3UXmLVR


Accenture, New York, NY

Adobe, San Jose, CA

ADP, Inc, Roseland, NJ

AEG, Los Angeles, CA

AIG, New York, NY

Airbnb, San Fransisco, CA

Akerman, Miami, FL

Altria Group, Richmond, VA

Ameren Corporation, St. Louis, MO

American Airlines, Fort Worth, TX

American Express, New York, NY

American Family Insurance, Madison, WI

AmerisourceBergen, Chesterbrook, PA

Amgen, Thousand Oaks, CA

Anthem, Inc., Indianapolis, IN

Apple, Cupertino, CA

Aramark, Philadelphia, PA

Arthur J Gallagher, Rolling Meadows, IL

AstraZeneca, Wilmington, DE

AT&T, Dallas, TX

Autodesk, San Rafael, CA

AXA, New York, NY


Bank of America, Charlotte, NC

Barclays, New York, NY

Barilla, Northbrook, IL

BASF North America, Florham Park, NJ

Bath & Body Works, Reynoldsburg, OH

Baxter International, Deerfield, IL

Bayer, Whippany, NJ

Becton Dickinson, Franklin Lakes, NJ

Berkshire Hathaway Energy, Omaha, NE

BestBuy, Richfield, MN

BlueCross BlueShield Association of Massachusetts, Boston, MA

BMO Financial Harris Bank, Chicago, IL

BNY Mellon, New York, NY

Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, VA

Boston Scientific, Marlborough, MA

BP America, Houston, TX

Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), New York, NY

Brown Advisory, Inc., Baltimore, MD

BudLight, St. Louis, MO


Caesars Entertainment Corporation, Las Vegas, NV

Capgemini, Chicago, IL

Capital Group Companies, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

Capital One, McLean, VA

Cargill, Wayzata, MN

CBRE Group, Los Angeles, CA

CDW Corporation, Lincolnshire, IL

Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA

Celgene Corporation, Summit, NJ

Chevron, San Ramon, CA

Chubb, Philadelphia, PA

Cigna, Bloomfield, CT

Cisco, San Jose, CA

Citi, New York, NY

Citizens Bank, Providence, RI

Citrix Systems, Inc, Fort Lauderdale, FL

Coca-Cola Company (The), Atlanta, GA

Colgate-Palmolive Company, New York, NY

Comcast/NBC Universal, Philadelphia, PA

ConocoPhillips, Houston, TX

Corning, Inc., Corning, NY

Corteva, Wilmington, DE

Cox Communications, Atlanta, GA

Cummins, Inc., Columbus, IN

Cushman & Wakefield, Chicago, IL

CVS Health, Woonsocket, RI


Danone North America, White Plains, NY

Darden Restaurants, Orlando, FL

Dell, Round Rock, TX

Dentsu, New York, NY

Diageo, Norwalk, CT

Dixon Hughes Goodman (Forvis), Charlotte, NC

Dominion Energy, Inc., Richmond, VA

DoorDash, San Francisco, CA

Dow Chemical Company (The), Midland, MI

Dun & Bradstreet, Short Hills, NJ

DuPont, Wilmington, DE


Eaton, Cleveland, OH

Ecolab, Inc., St. Paul, MN

Edelman, Chicago, IL

Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN

Equinix, Redwood City, CA

Exelon, Chicago, IL

Experian, Costa Mesa, CA

ExxonMobil, Irving, TX

EY, New York, NY


Facebook, Menlo Park, CA

Fannie Mae, Washington, DC

Federal Reserve Bank, Washington, DC

Fiserv, Brookfield, WI

Freddie Mac, McLean, VA


GE Appliances, Louisville, KY

Genentech, South San Francisco, CA

General Mills, Minneapolis, MN

Gilead, Foster City, CA

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Research Triangle Park, NC

Global Payments, Atlanta, GA

Goldman Sachs, New York, NY

Google, Mountain View, CA


Hallmark, Kansas City, MO

Hartford, Hartford, CT

Health Care Service Corporation, Chicago, IL

Hearst, New York, NY

Highmark Health, Wilmington, DE

Hilton, McLean, VA

Humana, Inc., Louisville, KY

Hyatt, Chicago, IL


IBM, Armonk, NY

Intel Corporation, Santa Clara, CA

Interpublic Group, New York, NY

Intuit, Mountain View, CA

Invesco, Atlanta, GA

Iron Mountain, Boston, MA


Jackson Lewis, New York, NY

Jefferson Healthcare, Port Townsend, WA

John Hancock, Boston, MA

Johnson & Johnson, New Brunswick, NJ

Jones Lang LaSalle, Chicago, IL

JPMorgan Chase, New York, NY


Kaiser Permanente, Oakland, CA

Kelley Drye & Warren, LLP, New York, NY

Kellogg Company (The), Battle Creek, MI

Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Irving, TX

Kohl’s, Menomonee Falls, WI

KPMG, New York, NY

Kroger Company (The), Cincinnati, OH


L’Oréal, New York, NY

LabCorp, Burlington, NC

LAND O’LAKES, INC., Arden Hills, MN

Liberty Mutual, Boston, MA

Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, MD

Lowe’s, Mooresville, NC

Lowenstein Sandler, New York, NY


Macy’s, Cincinnati, OH

Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, Hazelwood, MO

ManpowerGroup, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Marathon Petroleum, Findlay, OH

Marriott International, Inc., Bethesda, MD

Mars, Mt. Olive, NJ

Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc., New York, NY

MassMutual, Springfield, MA

Mastercard, Purchase, NY

McGraw Hill, New York, NY

Medtronic, Minneapolis, MN

Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, NJ

MetLife, New York, NY

MGM Resorts International, Las Vegas, NV

Micron, Boise, ID

Microsoft Corporation, Redmond, WA

Molson Coors, Chicago, IL

Mondelēz International, Chicago, IL

Moody’s, New York, NY

Morgan Stanley, New York, NY

Morningstar, Inc., Chicago, IL

Motorola Solutions, Chicago, IL



Nasdaq, New York, NY

Nationwide, Columbus, OH

NBA, New York, NY

Nestle, Bridgewater, NJ

New York Life Insurance Company, New York, NY

Nike, Beaverton, OR

Northrop Grumman, Falls church, VA

Northwell Health, New Hyde Park, NY

Northwestern Mutual, Milwaukee, WI

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation, East Hanover, NJ


Office Depot, Inc., Boca Raton, FL


Peapod Digital Labs, Chicago, IL

Peloton, New York, NY

PepsiCo, Purchase, NY

Pfizer, New York, NY

PG&E Corporation, San Francisco, CA

PGA, Frisco, TX

Pitney Bowes, Stamford, CT

PNC Financial Services Group, Pittsburgh, PA

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PWC), New York, NY

Principal Financial Group, Des Moines, IA

Procter & Gamble (P&G), Cincinnati, OH

Prudential Financial, Newark, NJ

Publicis Health, New York, NY


Quest Diagnostics Incorporated, Secaucus, NJ


Randstad, Atlanta, GA

Raytheon, Waltham, MA

RBC Wealth Management, Minneapolis, MN

Restaurant Brands International, Miami, FL

Retail Business Services, Salisbury, NC

Reynolds American, Winston-Salem, NC

Robert Half, Menlo Park, CA

Rockwell Automation, Inc., Milwaukee, WI

Royal Caribbean, Miami, FL


S.C. Johnson Wax, Racine, WI

S&P Global, New York, NY

SalesForce, San Francisco, CA

Sanofi, Bridgewater, NJ

Shell Oil Company, Houston, TX

Sherwin-Williams Company (The), Cleveland, OH

Siemens, Washington, DC

Sodexo, Gaithersburg, MD

Sony Pictures Entertainment, Culver City, CA

Southern Company Gas, Atlanta, GA

Southwest Airlines, Dallas, TX

Standard Chartered Bank, New York, NY

Standard Insurance, Portland, OR

Stanley Black & Decker, New Britain, CT

State Farm, Bloomington, IL

State Street, Boston, MA

Steelcase, Grand Rapids, MI

Sun Life, Wellesley Hills, MA


T-Mobile, Bellevue, WA

Takeda (formerly Shire), Deerfield, IL

Target Corporation, Minneapolis, MN

TD Bank, Cherry Hill, NJ

Teva Pharmaceuticals, Parsippany, NJ

TIAA, New York, NY


Toyota Financial Services, Plano, TX

TransUnion, Chicago, IL

Truist, Atlanta, GA

Turner Construction, New York, NY

Twitter, San Francisco, CA


U.S. Bank, Minneapolis, MN

UBS, New York, NY

UNFI (formerly SUPERVALU), Providence, RI

Unilever, PLC, Englewood Cliffs, NJ

United Airlines, Chicago, IL

UPS, Atlanta, GA

USAA, San Antonio, TX

USTA, White Plains, NY


Vanguard, Malvern, PA

Verizon, New York, NY

Viacom, New York, NY

Victoria Secret & Co, Columbus, OH

Visa, San Francisco, CA

Vmware, Palo Alto, CA

Voya, New York, NY


Walgreens, Deerfield, IL

Walt Disney Company (The), Burbank, CA

Wells Fargo, San Francisco, CA

Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor, MI

William Blair, Chicago, IL

Willis Towers Watson, Arlington, VA

Workday, Pleasanton, CA

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Parsippany, NJ


Xcel Energy, Inc., Minneapolis, MN


Zendesk, San Francisco, CA

Zoetis, Parsippany, NJ

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