EA Celebrated for LGBT Equality
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Video game publisher Electronic Arts has for the third year in a row been named one of the best places to work for LGBT equality. The outspoken company is being recognised by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a score of 100 on their “corporate equality index”. A score of 100 means that EA meets the requirements for “partner benefits, organizational competency on LGBT issues, a public commitment to the equality for the broader community, as well as equal employee benefits.”
Electronic Arts have long emphasised being outspoken on several social issues, including LGBT rights, and throughout the years they have been expanding both their internal systems as well as their external support of universal rights. As an example of the latter, EA have an annual appearance at Gay Pride Parades around the world, including North America with cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Vancouver, Montreal, Austin, and Orlando, and Europe with cities like Stockholm and Madrid. EA has also sponsored events such as the 2014 Out for Undergrad Technology Conference and the first ever Lesbians Who Tech Summit.
Electronic Arts have worked a lot on improving their internal systems for welcoming diversity, and this isn’t the first time that they are being recognised for it – this past August, they won the 11th Annual International Innovations in Diversity Award from Diversity Journal for their new programmes aimed at creating a more diversified and inclusive workplace.
On being awarded the HRC recognition, Andre Chambers of EA’s Diversity & Inclusion department said: “We believe that fostering an inclusive environment helps us to create great games, and represent our diverse set of players and I’m proud to work at a company that has strong employee values.”