HARTFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (HRC) named Aetna (NYSE: AET) to its “2013 Best Places to Work” list for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees. Aetna has earned this designation every year since the index was introduced in 2001.
“I’m proud of the accomplishments Aetna has made as an organization to advance diversity in its broadest sense and serve the LGBT community as an employer and business partner.”
According to the HRC, only 252 of the 889 businesses evaluated achieved a perfect score in the 2013 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) rating. Aetna was among them. The CEI rates companies on policies and practices related to the LGBT community.
“Our LGBT employees have helped to make Aetna a stronger and better company to work for and do business with,” said Aetna Chairman, CEO and President Mark T. Bertolini, the executive sponsor of Aetna’s LGBT employee resource group (ERG). “I’m proud of the accomplishments Aetna has made as an organization to advance diversity in its broadest sense and serve the LGBT community as an employer and business partner.”
Aetna has long been committed to its LGBT employees and the greater LGBT community. In the mid-1990s, Aetna implemented changes to many policies affecting domestic partners. In early 2009, Aetna was the first major health benefits company to add gender reassignment surgery as a benefit for its employees and any contracted companies choosing to add it to their benefits package. According to HRC, only 42 percent of employers rated in the CEI offer transgender-inclusive health care coverage.
Aetna’s LGBT employee resource group has chapters across the U.S., including a virtual chapter that engages employees regardless of their work location. The ERG helps to deliver on Aetna’s business and diversity strategies, and provides resources to the corporation and networking support and professional development to its members.
In addition, Aetna is a founding corporate partner of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. Mark. T. Bertolini is also a board member of the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce – the board’s first straight ally. Aetna works closely with Out & Equal Workplace Advocates, a national organization committed to ending employment discrimination for LGBT employees.
In 2012 Aetna awarded $120,000 in grants and sponsorships to nonprofits seeking to advance LGBT-specific programs and initiatives.
The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality. By inspiring and engaging all Americans, HRC strives to end discrimination against LGBT citizens and realize a nation that achieves fundamental fairness and equality.
About the Aetna Foundation
The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed $413 million in grants and sponsorships, including $19.2 million in 2011. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered more than 2.3 million hours since 2003. Aetna’s current giving is focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the U.S.; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care. For more information, visit www.AetnaFoundation.org.
Aetna is one of the nation’s leading diversified health care benefits companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health care management services and health information technology services. Our customers include employer groups, individuals, college students, part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers, governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.