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HOUSTON -- Shell Oil Co. received top marks from the Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for its treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.
CEI’s annual survey, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, awarded Shell a 100 percent rating. The oil company joins the ranks of 259 other major U.S. businesses also recognized for related practices and procedures.
"At Shell, we believe creating an inclusive workplace that brings out the very best from our employees is fundamental to our success," said Francene Young, vice president of diversity, inclusion and talent at Shell Oil Co.
Young noted Shell established a formal framework of principles and expectations for every Shell-controlled company. To this end, Shell companies are required to value the broad range of cultural and personal differences that exists in each. This initiative is supported by the company’s pledge to attract develop, retain and promote diverse talent.
"It is extremely gratifying to have our commitment to diversity and inclusion recognized by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, in such a meaningful way," Young said in a statement.