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HRC scores 56 Ohio-based companies: a TON of perfect LGBTQ+ ratings…and a handful of zeros

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The Human Rights Campaign released their 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) this week, the 20th year of the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring company policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

This year, a record-breaking 842 businesses employing 14.3 million workers earned the CEI’s top score of 100, up from only 13 in its inaugural year. The newly created CEI criteria included a host of new metrics including gender-affirming healthcare and workplace policies, LGBTQ+ family formation benefit offerings, and training and data collection best practices.

As part of the CEI, 56 Ohio-based companies were scored. Some highlights:

  • 28 Ohio companies scored a perfect 100, representing a full half of all Ohio-based companies demonstrating as much commitment to their LGBTQ+ employees as the survey measures.
  • AK Steel Holding Corp (West Chester), The Andersons Inc. (Maumee), Cincinnati Financial Corp. (Fairfield), Cintas Corp. (Cincinnati), Parker Hannifin Corp (Cleveland), TravelCenters of America (Westlake), and Western & Southern Financial Group (Cincinnati) are all Fortune 500 companies that did not respond to repeated invitations to the CEI survey. Their failing scores were based on information publicly available.
  • The company making the most annual improvement from was Scotts Miracle-Gro Company in Marysville, which went from an 80 in 2021 to a perfect 100 score this year.

“Every year the CEI helps set the bar and provide direction for companies to take actionable steps for LGBTQ+ inclusion and measure their progress towards these goals,” said Amanda Cole, Executive Director of Plexus LGBT + Allied Chamber of Commerce. “We are always honored to work with companies in their inclusion efforts. For example, in the past year, the J.M. Smucker Company launched an LGBTQ+ employee resource group (ERG), invested in local LGBTQ initiatives and events, and joined Plexus. I’m sure these investments internally and back into the community played a role in the notable increase in their ranking.”

The full list of Ohio-based companies is presented here:

Employer Location 2022 CEI Rating 2021 CEI Rating
Abercrombie & Fitch Co. New Albany 100 100
AK Steel Holding Corp West Chester 0 20
Alliance Data Systems Corp. Columbus 90 80
American Electric Power Co. Inc Columbus 95 100
American Financial Group Cincinnati 50 20
American Greeting Corp. Cleveland 100 90
Andersons Inc., The Maumee 20 20
Avient Corporation Avon Lake 100 100
Baker & Hostetler LLP Cleveland 100 100
Bath & Body Works, LLC Columbus 100 100
Battelle Memorial Institute Columbus 100 95
Big Lots Columbus 90 90
Bob Evans Farms Inc. New Albany 60 60
Cardinal Health Inc. Dublin 100 100
CareSource Dayton 90 70
Cincinnati Financial Corp. Fairfield 20 X
Cintas Corp. Cincinnati 10 20
Convergys Corp. Cincinnati 90 90
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. Findlay 100 100
Dana Inc. Maumee 65 90
Designer Brands Columbus 100 100
Diebold Nixdorf, Incorporated North Canton 90 X
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP Cincinnati 90 90
Eaton Corp. Cleveland 100 100
Encova Insurance Columbus 80 80
Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Cleveland 100 100
Fifth Third Bancorp Cincinnati 100 100
FirstEnergy Corp. Akron 90 90
Frost Brown Todd LLC Cincinnati 100 100
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Akron 90 90
Huntington Bancshares Inc. Columbus 100 100
Hyland Software inc. Westlake 85 75
J. M. Smucker Co. Orrville 95 80
KeyCorp Cleveland 100 100
Kroger Co., The Cincinnati 100 100
Lubrizol Corp. Wickliffe 85 90
Macy’s Inc. Cincinnati 100 100
Marathon Petroleum Corp. Findlay 100 100
Nationwide Columbus 100 100
Northfield Park Associates, LLC Northfield 55 55
O-I Glass Perrysburg 50 50
Owens Corning Toledo 100 100
Parker Hannifin Corp. Cleveland 20 20
Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP Columbus 90 90
Procter & Gamble Co. Cincinati 100 100
Progressive Corp., The Mayfield Village 85 85
Scotts Miracle-Gro Company Marysville 100 80
Sherwin-Williams Co., The Cleveland 100 95
Signet Jewelers Akron 85 X
Squire Patton Boggs Cleveland 100 100
Thompson Hine LLP Cleveland 100 100
TravelCenters of America Westlake 10 10
Victoria’s Secret & Co. Columbus 100 100
Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP Columbus 100 100
Wendy’s Co., The Dublin 100 100
Western & Southern Financial Group Cincinnati 0 0


(Additional reporting for this piece provided by Cassidy Naypauer.)

Ignite Action:

  • Plexus hosts an ERG Council every month on Zoom to offer peer-to-peer resource sharing, increase collaboration across sectors and between companies, and to ensure companies in Ohio (and beyond) can attract and retain a diverse workforce. The April meeting will be specifically focused on supporting companies applying in 2022 to the CEI for the first time or to those companies who have yet to reach a 100 score. More info on that meeting here.

About Author

Ken Schneck is the Editor of The Buckeye Flame. He received the 2021 Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year from the NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. He is the author of "Seriously, What Am I Doing Here? The Adventures of a Wondering and Wandering Gay Jew" (2017), "LGBTQ Cleveland" (2018), "LGBTQ Columbus" (2019), and "LGBTQ Cincinnati" (2020). In his spare time, he is a professor of education at Baldwin Wallace University.

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