Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Awarded Perfect Score in 2015 Corporate Equality Index


Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) received a score of 100 percent on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices relating to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. BCBSRI is one of only two Rhode Island companies to receive a perfect score, a reflection of its commitment to LGBT workplace equality with respect to tangible policies, benefits, and practices.

BCBSRI was recognized for its workplace practices including a non-discrimination policy, an Executive performance appraisal model containing a diversity & inclusion component, and offering health coverage for spouses and domestic partners, as well as gender reassignment surgery. Active in the community, BCBSRI also provides philanthropic support to local LGBT nonprofit organizations.

“As a company, one of Blue Cross’ priorities is building and maintaining a diverse workforce. Creating an environment that is rich with multiple perspectives and ideas enables us to relate to the diverse populations we serve,” said Visael (Bobby) Rodriguez, Vice President of Organization Development and Chief Diversity Officer at BCBSRI.  “We are proud to have improved our score from 90 percent last year to 100 percent; this progress reflects our continued commitment to an inclusive workplace.”

The 2015 CEI rated 781 corporations and evaluates LGBT-related policies and best practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. BCBSRI’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality.
For more information on the 2015 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit

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