Human Rights Campaign honors Raytheon for LGBT equality

Company earns perfect score as a "Best Place to Work" for 12th year

Raytheon employees show their support at the 2015 Indianapolis Pride Parade

Raytheon employees show their support at the 2015 Indianapolis Pride Parade

The nonprofit advocacy group Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has named Raytheon as a 2017 "Best Place to Work" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. Washington, D.C.-based HRC gave Raytheon a perfect 100 percent rating for the twelfth consecutive year.

HRC, the largest LGBT civil rights group in the U.S., surveyed more than 1,000 businesses for its annual Corporate Equality Index. The survey evaluates LGBT-related policies and practices, including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBT community.

"Every perfect score on the CEI reaffirms our diversity and inclusion achievements,” said Emanuel Brady, vice president and chief diversity officer for Raytheon. “We will continue to partner with our leadership, employees and pacesetters like the Human Rights Campaign to ensure an environment in which every single employee feels valued and empowered to bring their whole self to work.”

Raytheon has long been a diversity pioneer in the aerospace and defense sector. In January 2002, it became one of the first in the industry to adopt a benefits policy for domestic partners. In 2005, it became the first defense company to receive a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index. And in June 2016, Raytheon became the first in its field to offer a paid parental leave benefit to all employees.

For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a copy of the report, visit

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Published On: 11/18/2015
Last Updated: 12/13/2017