For the ninth consecutive year, Nielsen has earned a 100% ranking on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) and was 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 is one of 840 major U.S. businesses with top marks this year.
“Nielsen is proud to provide an inclusive and supportive environment for our LGBTQ+ employees, who bring a rich and diverse perspective to Nielsen’s purpose: powering a better media future for all people,” said Sandra Sims-Williams, Nielsen’s Chief Diversity Officer. “We are committed to ensuring a safe space for our LGBTQ+ employees and helping them grow with us.”
Highlights from Nielsen’s CEI recognition include the efforts of our LGBTQ+ employees, allies and our PRIDE Business Resource Group (BRG). Nielsen’s global PRIDE members have participated in Pride marches, hosted informative webinars about LGBTQ+ equity in the workplace and received other recognition for their advocacy efforts.
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.
Through our thought leadership, Nielsen provides insights and data to educate and raise awareness about the need for brands to continuously engage the LGBTQ+ consumer. In celebration of the 51st anniversary of PRIDE month in the U.S., we released a 2021 Proud and Present: LGBTQ+ Audiences and Content Take Center Stage report as part of Nielsen’s Diverse Intelligence Series. Nielsen Spain also released a report about the media behaviors of LGBTQ+ individuals and perceptions of the inclusivity of content/advertising.