Reynolds American Inc. Group earns top marks in 2020 Corporate Equality Index, designated a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality”
Reynolds American Inc. Group earns top marks in
2020 Corporate Equality Index, designated a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ
Comprehensive parental leave, employee resource groups and CEO pledge to
promote diversity and inclusion among reasons RAI Group scored 100% on Human
Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual assessment
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Jan. 22, 2020 – The Human
Rights Campaign Foundation announced that theReynolds American Inc. (RAI) Group scored 100% on the Human Rights
Campaign Foundation’s 2020Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s
premier benchmarking survey and report measuring corporatepolicies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.
By scoring 100%, RAI Group is designated by the Human Rights Campaign
Foundation as a Best Place to Work for
Group has a long history of participating in the Human Rights Campaign
Foundation’s CEI. This is the first time the organization has scored 100%,
which is due, in part, to several recent policies and actions, including:
resource groups, which
are communities of individuals formed around common
interests or backgrounds and that provide an
opportunity to enhance organizational culture
“Within our organization, diversity and inclusion principles are integral to our
ability to transform tobacco, innovate, and succeed. Across our companies, we
work purposefully and tirelessly to develop and implement meaningful programs that
help all people thrive,” said Oberlander. “The RAI Group, along with our parent
company, British American Tobacco Group, is fully committed to fostering an
environment in which diversity and inclusion is valued, sought and championed.
This recognition, as well as my signing the CEO Action for Diversity and
Inclusion pledge, evidences that.”
The CEI rates companies and
top law firms on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:
Demonstrated organizational competency and
accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion
Public commitment to LGBTQ equality
“The impact of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index over its 18-year
history is profound. In this time, the corporate community has worked with us
to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits, establishing the
Corporate Equality Index as a primary driving force for LGBTQ workplace
inclusion in America and across the globe,” said HRC President Alphonso David. “These
companies know that protecting their LGBTQ employees and customers from
discrimination is not just the right thing to do – it is also the best business
decision. These companies understand their LGBTQ employees and customers
deserve to be seen, valued and respected not only at work, but in every aspect
of daily life.”
Reynolds American Inc. is an indirect, wholly owned subsidiary of British American
Tobacco p.l.c., and the U.S. parent company of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company;
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc.; American Snuff Company, LLC; R. J.
Reynolds Vapor Company; and Kentucky BioProcessing, Inc.
R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT) is the second-largest U.S. tobacco company. RJRT’s brands include Newport, Camel and Pall Mall.
Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company, Inc. manufactures and markets Natural American Spirit products in the United States.
American Snuff Company, LLC is the nation’s second-largest manufacturer of smokeless tobacco products. Its leading brands are Grizzly and Kodiak.
R. J. Reynolds Vapor Company (RJRV) markets vapor products and modern oral products, including VUSE, VELO and REVEL.
Kentucky BioProcessing, Inc. conducts research and development related to protein expression and extraction from tobacco plants.
To learn more about Reynolds
American Inc. and its operating companies, please visit reynoldsamerican.com.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual,
transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are
embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.