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Minnesota companies score high on LGBT employment policies

Minnesota companies score high on LGBT employment policies


The Human Rights Campaign released its annual ratings of large companies and their policies regarding LGBT employees. Seventeen Minnesota-based companies earned 100 percent on the list. That an increase from 16 companies last year and 14 three years ago.

Here’s the list:
3M Co. 100
Ameriprise Financial Inc. 100
Best Buy Co. Inc. 100
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota 100
Cargill Inc. 100
Dorsey & Whitney LLP 100
Ecolab Inc. 100
General Mills Inc. 100
Land O’Lakes Inc. 100
Lindquist & Vennum LLP 100
Medtronic Inc. 100
RBC Wealth Management 100
Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP 100
St. Jude Medical Inc. 100
Target Corp. 100
U.S. Bancorp 100
UnitedHealth Group Inc. 100

St. Jude Medical and Lindquist & Vennem have both risen in the ranking over the last few years.

Several other companies scored above 70 percent:

Allianz Life Insurance Co. of North America 90
Supervalu Inc. 90
Xcel Energy Inc. 90
Carlson, Inc. 85
Mosaic Co. 85
Hormel Foods Corp. 70
Imation Corp. 70
Mayo Clinic 70

Other companies didn’t fare so well:
Caribou Coffee Company Inc. 60
Patterson Companies (Patterson Dental Supply) 60
Thrivent Financial 45
Nash Finch 30
C.H. Robinson Worldwide 0
CHS Inc 0

Companies rating a perfect score were quick to boast on Thursday.

“Blue Cross is honored to have again earned a 100 percent rating,” Paula Phillippe, senior vice president of human resources and external relations at Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Minnesota, said in a statement. “We are proud to be consistently recognized for our commitment in developing an inclusive workplace for all employees. Achieving this premier standing is important for Blue Cross in recruiting and maintaining a talented and diverse workforce.”

“It is an honor to be recognized by the HRC for our LGBT equality efforts at U.S. Bank,” Richard Davis, chairman, president and chief executive officer of U.S. Bancorp, said in a statement. “A diverse workplace that fosters inclusion benefits everyone – our employees, customers, shareholders and communities.”

“We value the many dimensions of diversity represented in our corporate employees, advisors and clients, and we’re proud of this recognition of our commitment,” Nancy Robbins, senior vice president of organizational effectiveness, development and inclusion at Ameriprise Financial, said in a statement. “Offering benefits and supporting initiatives that foster an inclusive and dynamic environment helps to make Ameriprise a great place to work.”

For more information, visit HRC’s Corporate Equality Index.

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Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.