JACKSON, Mich., Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers Energy has received a perfect score on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, a national survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.
Consumers Energy was one of 14 Michigan companies with a 100 percent score on the annual survey. It was also one of 17 energy providers in the U.S. to receive top marks.
"We are proud as a company to stand for diversity and inclusion in our workplace," said Angela Thompkins, Consumers Energy's diversity and inclusion director. "We are committed to having employees who reflect the Michigan communities we serve, and we serve our communities better by drawing on their diverse perspectives."
Consumers Energy has taken steps to create a more inclusive environment in recent years. Those include offering benefits for eligible same-sex couples and gender transition coverage.
The energy provider also created the Pride Alliance of Consumers Energy, a resource group for LGBTQ employees. "When we started PACE, we wanted to create a welcoming environment both inside the company and in the communities we serve," said Luis Saenz, the resource group's chair.
Consumers Energy this year also supported the effort to enact a non-discrimination ordinance in its hometown of Jackson. The ordinance provides housing, employment and public assistance protection for members of the LGBTQ community.
Thompkins said the company will continue working to be even more inclusive.
"We are excited to receive a perfect score from the Corporate Equality Index, but our work doesn't stop now," Thompkins said. "Diversity and inclusion make up a destination that we always will strive to reach."
In all, 609 businesses across the U.S. earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of "Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality."
For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, go to http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index.
Consumers Energy, Michigan's largest energy provider, is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy (NYSE: CMS), providing natural gas and/or electricity to 6.7 million of the state's 10 million residents in all 68 Lower Peninsula counties.
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