According to the athletic giant, it received a perfect score on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index, a survey and report by the civil rights organization Human Rights Campaign Foundation that examines the policies and practices corporations enact to maintain LGBT workplace equality.
The score, Adidas said, puts the brand among 517 other major U.S. businesses that also earned top scores this year. It also gave the brand a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality designation.
“The thing that makes our company great is our people. I am so proud of our people and what we collectively represent,” Mark King, Adidas Group North America president, said in a statement. “Every day, our people come together to challenge each other, challenge the status quo and create things the world has never seen before. We’ve built a culture that celebrates our individuality and recognizes the importance of diverse thinking and new ideas. It’s our people who are responsible for making this company special and creating a bright future together.”
According to Adidas, 1,043 businesses were evaluated for the 2017 Corporate Equality Index on LGBT-related policies and practices. The policies and practices surveyed include nondiscrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community.