Fourteen of the top 20 U.S. businesses, and a record 609 firms overall, scored a perfect 100 in the latest LGBTQ equality report from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, an arm of the nation’s top gay lobby and advocacy group.

Led by companies including Apple, Amazon and Ford, the Washington based group said that there was a one-year 18 percent jump in companies that have adopted pro-LGBTQ rules and regulations, according to HRC’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index.

Among major media, CBS, NBC and Time Warner scored 100.

“Over the last several years, CEI-rated companies have dramatically expanded their support for transgender workers. When the CEI launched, just three percent of Fortune 500 companies had non-discrimination protections that included gender identity. Today, that number is 83 percent,” said HRC.

Key findings:

  • 609 companies earned a perfect 100 points, up from 517 in the 2017 report.
  • Gender identity is now part of non-discrimination policies at 83 percent of Fortune 500 companies, up from just 3 percent in 2002.
  • 459 major employers have adopted supportive inclusion guidelines for transgender workers who are transitioning.

The ratings cover: Non-discrimination policies; employment benefits; demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion; public commitment to LGBTQ equality; responsible citizenship.

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