Retailer picks up national LGBTQ recognition


Walker-based Meijer, which operates more than 245 stores, began in 1938 when barber Hendrik Meijer purchased $328.76 worth of merchandise on credit to serve customers during the Great Depression. Courtesy Meijer

A West Michigan retailer has earned top marks for LGBTQ equality.

Meijer recently received a 100% score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2020 Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality.

“It’s an honor to have achieved this designation because it reflects our team members’ dedication to upholding one of our core values of treating people with dignity and respect,” said Tim Williams, vice president of diversity and inclusion at Meijer. “We strive to build engaged teams where individuals bring their authentic selves and full talents to work every day.”

The Index measures key performance indicators, including non-discrimination policies, employment benefits, demonstrated organizational competency and accountability around LGBTQ diversity and inclusion, public commitment to LGBTQ equality and responsible citizenship.

“The impact of the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index over its 18-year history is profound,” HRC President Alphonso David said. “In this time, the corporate community has worked with us to adopt LGBTQ-inclusive policies, practices and benefits, establishing the Corporate Equality Index as a primary driving force for LGBTQ workplace inclusion in America and across the globe.”

Meijer joined the ranks of more than 680 U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

Meijer LGBTQ diversity and inclusion highlights include:

  • Offers equal employment opportunities to all sexual orientations and gender identities.
  • Offers parity in benefits between same-sex and different-sex spouses, as well as transgender inclusive health care.
  • Supports the LGBTQ communities it serves through sponsorship of local Pride events across the Midwest and partnerships with nonprofits that benefit LGBTQ youth.
  • Provides a supportive community for LGBTQ team members through its Meijer Pride team member resource group.

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