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December 06, 2016
Astellas (Northbrook, IL) has been named a "Best Place to Work" for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) equality for third consecutive year. The drugmaker reports that it achieved a perfect score on the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Foundation's (HRC) annual Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The CEI is a national benchmarking tool used to rate companies on policies and practices concerning LGBT employee equality The survey rates business practices on a 100-point scale and assesses six core areas: human resources, diversity, staffing, counsel/legal, marketing/communications and corporate giving/foundation relations. Astellas' benefits cover all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning (LGBTQ) employees and their spouses/domestic partners. Coverage includes the company's extended benefits program, StarLife Family Care Solutions. This program amplifies traditional child and elder care offerings to embrace the broader needs of employees, their spouses/partners and their families. Astellas also supports its LGBTQ employees and their allies through its active employee resource group (ERG), known as TAO (Together as One).