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Business Journal - Lindquist & Vennum Earns Perfect Score in LGBT Equality Rating


Thirteen Minnesota companies received perfect scores from a group that rates American workplaces based on how they treat lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. 

The annual "Corporate Equality Index" was released Thursday by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. 

The group rated 850 companies, including each member of the Fortune 500. A total of 190 of the companies received perfect scores. 

Here are the rankings of Minnesota companies with their percentage score: 

3M Co., 100 Ameriprise Financial Inc., 100 Best Buy Co. Inc., 100 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota, 100 Cargill Inc., 100 Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 100 Faegre & Benson LLP, 100 General Mills Inc., 100 Medtronic Inc., 100 Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP, 100 Supervalu Inc., 100 U.S. Bancorp, 100 UnitedHealth Group Inc., 100 Ecolab Inc., 90 Land O'Lakes Inc., 90 Carlson Cos. Inc., 85 RBC Wealth Management, 85 Target Corp., 85 Xcel Energy Inc., 75 Imation Corp., 70 Mayo Clinic, 70 Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America, 60 Hormel Foods Corp., 60 Lindquist & Vennum LLP, 60 Patterson Cos., 60 St. Jude Medical Inc., 60 Alliant Techsystems Inc., 35 The Mosaic Co., 30 C.H. Robinson Worldwide, 15 Nash Finch, 15 Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, 15 CHS Inc., zero 

Wells Fargo & Co. had a rating of 100 percent and Delta Air Lines Inc. had a rating of 90 percent. They aren't based in the Twin Cities, but have large operations there. 

The foundation said 636 of the companies voluntarily submitted surveys, while the group used publicly-available data to rate the 215 Fortune 500 companies that chose not to participate. 

The index rates companies on 40 policies and practices. To get a perfect score, the foundation said a company "must have fully-inclusive equal employment opportunity policies, provide equal employment benefits, demonstrate organizational LGBT competency, evidence their commitment to equality publicly and exercise responsible citizenship." 

Duff, Christine
Communications and Brand Manager

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