Dentsu Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index 

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Dentsu earns 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual assessment of LGBTQ+ workplace equality 

January 27, 2022 – Dentsu, a leading modern marketing and communications company, proudly announced that it received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Dentsu joins the ranks of over 840 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. 

“We thank HRC for this recognition. I am so proud of our HR and business leaders who consistently create industry-leading policies and benefits; inclusive recruiting, onboarding and training programs; and of our Business Resource Group leaders and DEI champions for their tireless advocacy and for facilitating courageous conversations pushing us to be more diverse, inclusive and equitable,” said Jacki Kelley, CEO, Americas, dentsu. “We also recognize our work is far from done, we have the power to utilize our craft to drive meaningful progress - with our people, our clients and partners to make the workplace and the world more just and inclusive.” 

“Our commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging is embedded in everything we do. As a Black woman who identifies as LGBTQ+, I am proud to be a part of an organization that is leading the change and progress,” said Christena Pyle, Chief Equity Officer, Americas, dentsu. “Last year, we published our industry’s first comprehensive DEI report, in which we took a close and honest look inwardly, set goals and roadmaps for the years ahead. This is another important milestone and standard that will continue to hold us accountable.” 

“When the Human Rights Campaign Foundation created the Corporate Equality Index 20 years ago, we dreamed that LGBTQ+ workers—from the factory floor to corporate headquarters, in big cities and small towns—could have access to the policies and benefits needed to thrive and live life authentically,” said Jay Brown, Human Rights Campaign Senior Vice President of Programs, Research and Training. “We are proud that the Corporate Equality Index paved the way to that reality for countless LGBTQ+ workers in America and abroad. But there is still more to do, which is why we are raising the bar yet again to create more equitable workplaces and a better tomorrow for LGBTQ+ workers everywhere. Congratulations to dentsu for achieving the title of ‘best places to work for LGBTQ+ equality’ and working to advance inclusion in the workplace.” 

The results of the 2022 CEI showcase how 1,271 U.S.-based companies are not only promoting LGBTQ+-friendly workplace policies in the U.S., but also for the 56% of CEI-rated companies with global operations who are helping advance the cause of LGBTQ+ inclusion in workplaces abroad. Dentsu’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria earned a 100 percent ranking and the designation as one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality

In 2002, the first year of the CEI, only 13 companies achieved a top-score, demonstrating the incredible impact the CEI has had on the business world over its 20-year life. This year’s CEI reflects growth across every measurement category, from the adoption of inclusive non-discrimination policies, evaluation of onboarding and training practices, to equitable healthcare benefits for transgender employees. 

The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid-to large-sized businesses.  

The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars: 

●      Non-discrimination policies across business entities; 

●      Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families; 

●      Supporting an inclusive culture; and, 

●      Corporate social responsibility. 

The full report is available online at 

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work. 

About dentsu:  
Part of dentsu, dentsu is made up of six leadership brands - Carat, dentsu X, iProspect, Isobar, dentsumcgarrybowen, Merkle, and supported by its specialist brands. Dentsu International helps clients to win, keep and grow their best customers and achieve meaningful progress for their businesses. With best-in-class services and solutions in media, CXM and creative, dentsu operates in over 145 markets worldwide with more than 45,000 dedicated specialists. 

Press Contact: 

Jennifer Ferguson, Chief Communications Officer, Americas, dentsu