The Kroger Co. announced it earned a perfect score on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index, the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's national benchmarking tool for corporate policies and practices supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees.
The annual survey assesses non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Kroger met or exceeded all Corporate Equality Index criteria, resulting in a perfect score of 100 and designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
"This is a very proud moment for Kroger. We have worked to create a more inclusive work environment where every associate can be their best self every day and this recognition reinforces our commitment," said Tim Massa, Kroger's senior vice president of human resources and chief people officer. "It is also a testament to the thoughtful insight provided by our LGBTQ associates and allies, who have shown us what we do well and where we can improve."
Kroger also posted a video on the company’s Facebook page March 28, 2019, celebrating its 100% ranking on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index for LGBTQ - inclusive workplace policies and practices.
Not only is Kroger no longer remaining neutral, but the company is also attempting to play both sides. In their most recent issue of My Magazine, Kroger’s coupon book with recipes for their best customers, the company included a short article on the inside front cover next to the editor’s letter titled, Celebrating Pride Month, since June is Gay Pride month.
It reads: "Diversity and inclusion are part of our core values. We are honored to be recognized for our emphasis on diversity, ranking among the top U.S. corporations when it comes to inclusion. During the month of June, we’re also sponsoring dozens of events and parades across the country."
Kroger deliberately avoided including the words: Gay, Lesbian, and Human Rights Campaign. Kroger didn’t mention these key words and clearly omitted them.
After signing the petition, 1MM supporters can also call local Kroger Store Managers and ask a few important questions:
- Pride for what exactly are you celebrating?
- What kind of rankings?
- What kind of events and parades are Kroger sponsoring?
Please sign our petition stating you will not shop at Kroger as long as the company celebrates gay pride.