For the fifth year, Vox Media is pleased to celebrate its ongoing commitment to fostering LGBTQ+ inclusion and diversity, earning the Equality 100 Award from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index, the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Vox Media joins the ranks of 545 major US businesses that also earned Equality 100 this year.
You can read the full report here.
The Corporate Equality Index rates companies on detailed criteria under four central pillars:
- Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
- Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families;
- Supporting an inclusive culture; and,
- Corporate social responsibility.
Vox Media continuously seeks to build and maintain an inclusive, supportive environment for employees in various ways. The company provides educational services to advance inclusivity for diverse gender identities, orientations, and perspectives across every department, including through annual anti-harassment training and a new workshop about gender identity and pronouns to foster an inclusive environment.
“This recognition reflects our commitment to an inclusive culture – I’m grateful to all our employees who have contributed their time, experiences and voices to support our DEI+ efforts,” said Christopher Clermont, vice president, DEI+, Vox Media. “Benchmarks like the Corporate Equality Index provide clear and comprehensive standards for our company to assess and sustainably make real progress. While we celebrate this achievement internally, we recognize that there is much more progress to be made against a backdrop of anti-LGBTQ+ sentiments and policies in much of the United States.”
Vox Media also offers inclusive benefits to support access to gender-affirming care, HIV care, family planning services, and mental health. The Benefits team created a guide to help colleagues understand and access them easily, and the P.R.I.D.E Employee Resource Group (ERG) hosts monthly check-ins open to every member of the community and allies.
“The benefits space, in general, can be complicated for the LGBTQ+ community — education and access are serious challenges. This is why at Vox Media we’ve taken the approach of ensuring our benefits program prioritizes inclusivity and education to support access to healthcare that we know our team members need and rely on. We will continue to do our part through programs and policies that support LGBTQ+ individuals,” said Steve Young, vice president, Employee Experience, Vox Media.
Distinct from the company’s programs and policies, editorial teams across many of Vox Media’s nearly 20 editorial brands have provided meaningful content and experiences exploring the topics that are relevant to the LGBTQ+ community, including through participation at the NLGJA summer conference.
“For well over two decades, businesses have played an important role in furthering LGBTQ+ equality by centering employee needs and voices when it comes to workplace inclusion. While there is much more work to be done, year-over-year growth in CEI participation is evidence of a business community that recognizes the responsibility and value in upholding equity and inclusion,” said RaShawn “Shawnie” Hawkins, senior director of workplace equality, Human Rights Campaign.
About Vox Media
Vox Media is the leading modern media company, reaching audiences everywhere they are. Known for editorial properties including Vox, SB Nation, New York Magazine, The Dodo, and The Verge, the company’s portfolio features the most relevant, respected, and engaging editorial properties and voices. The company is also home to award-winning storytelling businesses such as Vox Media Studios and the Vox Media Podcast Network, as well as innovative technologies that support the entire media industry, including the Concert advertising marketplace. Vox Media proves that quality can scale.
About the Human Rights Campaign Foundation
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) people. Through its programs, the HRC Foundation seeks to make transformational change in the everyday lives of LGBTQ+ people, shedding light on inequity and deepening the public’s understanding of LGBTQ+ issues, with a clear focus on advancing transgender and racial justice. Its work has transformed the landscape for more than 15 million workers, 11 million students, 1 million clients in the adoption and foster care system and so much more. The HRC Foundation provides direct consultation and technical assistance to institutions and communities, driving the advancement of inclusive policies and practices; it builds the capacity of future leaders and allies through fellowship and training programs; and, with the firm belief that we are stronger working together, it forges partnerships with advocates in the U.S. and around the globe to increase our impact and shape the future of our work.