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Nielsen Earns Eighth Consecutive Perfect Score in Human Rights Campaign’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index

2 minute read | January 2021
HCR Corporate Equality Index 2021

Nielsen has earned a 100% ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2021 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and was also named one of the Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

The CEI is the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality. Nielsen joins the ranks of 767 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“Our LGBTQ associates are an integral part of our diverse workforce worldwide,” said Sandra Sims-Williams, Nielsen’s Senior Vice President, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. “We are committed to promoting LGBTQ equality through our workplace policies, business resource groups and our company culture.”

We are especially proud of the efforts of our LGBTQ associates, allies and our PRIDE Business Resource Group (BRG). Nielsen’s PRIDE members around the globe have participated in Pride marches, hosted informative webinars about LGBTQ equality in the workplace, and received other recognition for their advocacy efforts. For example:

  • Nielsen India was a gold sponsor for India’s first Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Intersex (LGBTI) Job Fair and was highlighted in a Community Business LGBT+ workplace inclusion guide as a best practice case study. 
  • In Spain, Nielsen was recognized by the State Federation of Lesbians, Gays, Trans and Bisexuals (FELGTB) as one of the five best companies for LGTBI+ diversity.
  • In Mexico, Nielsen received the EquidadMX award for the third year in a row. Nielsen Mexico donated almost 500 kilograms of groceries and necessities for LGBT+ people in prison through the non-governmental organization Almas Cautivas. Almost 200 Nielsen associates and family members participated in the Mexico City Pride Parade.

In many markets around the world, Nielsen offers inclusive benefits to our LGBTQ associates. 

In the U.S., Nielsen offers a birth/adoption policy for same-sex couples, a 12-week paid parental leave, and an all-inclusive fertility benefits provider that covers reimbursement for adoption and surrogacy. Nielsen China recently updated its LGBTQ benefits for health insurance, marriage leave, parental leave, adoption leave and relocation support. Some markets in South and Southeast Asia also began offering health benefits to same sex partners in 2020.