Henry Schein announced that it received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

For the eighth consecutive year, Henry Schein has received the Equality 100 Award: Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion (formerly known as Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality) by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The company joins the ranks of 545 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year.

“Diversity and inclusion is an integral part of our Team Schein culture,” said Stanley M. Bergman, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Henry Schein. “We embrace the authenticity and uniqueness that each of our Team Schein members brings to Henry Schein, and we are dedicated to fostering a sense of belonging for all. On behalf of Team Schein, we thank the Human Rights Campaign Foundation for recognizing our efforts to ensure LGBTQ+ workplace equality, and we will continue to celebrate the diversity of Team Schein, our customers, shareholders, supplier partners, and the communities in which we operate.”

Pride & Allies is Henry Schein’s employee resource group (ERG) focused on the company’s ongoing efforts around LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. The ERG aims to enhance, foster, and preserve an inclusive environment where LGBTQ+ Team Schein Members (TSMs) are empowered to be their authentic selves and are valued for their diverse perspectives, which contribute to Henry Schein’s business success.

Throughout 2022, Pride & Allies partnered with local and national organizations to host interactive workshops that facilitate conversations about marriage equality, gender pronouns, and family building, among others. For example, the ERG held a transgender roundtable, where guest speakers discussed their transgender experiences and intersectionality.

Additionally, Pride & Allies provided an educational grant to support professional development opportunities for ERG members across the company, supported National Coming Out Day, LGBT History Month, Transgender Remembrance Day, and World AIDS Day, and published a series of educational toolkits to highlight the unique experiences of team members who belong to multiple underrepresented groups and how to be an ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

Pride & Allies also continued to expand the programming of its signature event, “Revelations,” (launched in 2020) a series of candid conversations about coming out, breaking down barriers, developing an inclusive and cohesive environment, and building trusting relationships that foster and encourage individuals to live openly at home, at work, and in the community.

The results of the 2023-2024 CEI showcase how U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ+ friendly workplace policies in the U.S. and abroad. The first year of the CEI included 319 participants, and the 2023-2024 CEI now includes 1,384 participants. A record-breaking 1,340 businesses have non-discrimination protections specific to gender identity, up from just 17 in 2002. Henry Schein’s efforts in satisfying all the CEI’s criteria earned a score of 100 and the designation as recipient of the Equality 100 Award: Leader in LGBTQ+ Workplace Inclusion.

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