Nine automakers are among the record 609 companies that garnered a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index 2018, an annual study that rates workplaces on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer equality, released Thursday by Human Rights Campaign, the nation's largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group.
The index rates companies on nondiscrimination policies, employee benefits, internal education and public commitment to LGBTQ equality. The organization evaluated 947 companies this year.
Here are the automakers that earned a perfect score:
•Ford Motor Co.
•Hyundai Motor America
•Nissan North America Inc.
•Subaru of America Inc.
•Toyota Motor North America Inc.
•Volkswagen Group of America
Other automotive companies that garnered a 100 percent rating included used-car giant CarMax Inc., supplier Lear Corp. and Uber Technologies Inc.
Supplier Visteon Corp. earned a 95 percent rating, with Daimler Trucks North America and supplier Robert Bosch Corp. trailing closely behind with 90 percent.
"From tech startups to construction companies to auto manufacturers, major businesses -- employing millions of Americans -- are stepping up to ensure their workplaces are fully LGBTQ inclusive. On a practical level, this means that millions of LGBTQ workers across America -- as well as LGBTQ workers employed by multinational companies around the globe -- are covered under non-discrimination policies and able to bring their full selves to work every day," HRC Foundation President Chad Griffin, president of HRC Foundation, the group's educational arm, wrote in an introductory letter to the report.
"Today, marriage equality and hate-crimes protections are the law of the land," Griffin added. "But the lack of consistent, explicit federal protections in employment, housing, credit, public services and other essential aspects of American life remain major barriers to full equality for the LGBTQ community."