After years of consistent improvement, yet shy of perfection, Wawa, Inc. finally took home a win this year with a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI) ranking.
The CEI is an annual report assessing LGBT inclusion in major companies and law firms across the nation, including 45 in Pennsylvania.
The CEI rates companies and top law firms annually on detailed criteria falling under five broad categories:
- Non-discrimination policies
- Employment benefits
- Demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion
- Public commitment to LGBTQ equality
- Responsible citizenship
In 2014, the Delaware County-based company received a not-so-impressive score of 65%. Over the past two years, Wawa has improved its score drastically, moving to 95% in 2015, and 100% this year.
Wawa has also made strides in LGBT community outreach this year. Earlier this year, Wawa’s Welcome Home America July 4th parade included an LGBT float for the first time in history.
“It’s been roughly 10 years since the LGBTQ community began to be openly included in the annual Wawa Welcome America Fourth of July Parade, but this year we will get our own float,” reported Ernest Owens of G-Philly.
“The float [was] included in the ‘gay section’ of the parade, which [featured] local drag queen Brittany Lynn, the Lambda Car Club, Hegeman String Band and LGBT members of the networking club Rainbow Alliance.”
Wawa has also become a regular sponsor and vendor at the Philly Pride Fest, Philly Outfest, and Orlando Come Out With Pride.
According to a report by Convenience Store News, “Wawa Inc. scored the highest among c-store chains, earning a 2017 CEI score of 100.” That news makes our Philly suburban community proud!
To view the full 2017 Corporate Equality Index report, click here.