Maine-based supermarket only grocery retailer in its five-state region designated a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality’
For Immediate Release
March 30, 2019
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HANNAFORD EARNS PERFECT SCORE FROM HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN CORPORATE EQUALITY INDEX
Maine-based supermarket only grocery retailer in its five-state region designated a
‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality’
Scarborough, ME—Hannaford Supermarkets, the only grocery retailer1 in its five-state region, received a perfect score by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), Corporate Equality Index (CEI) for its inclusive, equitable, and non-discriminatory work environment for the LGBTQ community.
“We are very proud to have received this recognition from the HRC,” said Jim Hamilton, Hannaford’s Vice President of Operations and Executive Sponsor of Hannaford’s Diversity and Inclusion Council. “This accomplishment acknowledges the ways we create and promote safe and welcoming environments and support and celebrate our LGBTQ associates. Many associates have said that they specifically chose to work at Hannaford for that reason—and nothing fills me with more pride than those comments.”
According to the 2019 Corporate Equality Index report, in order for Hannaford to be designated a ‘Best Place to Work for LGBTQ equality,’ Hannaford demonstrated that it took “concrete steps to ensure greater equity for LGBTQ workers and their families in the form of comprehensive policies, benefits, and practices”—focusing on three pillars:
Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
Equitable benefits for LGBTQ workers and their families;
Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility.
Hamilton added, “It’s an important and a conscious effort to treat our associates fairly and equally in the workplace. We feel that all should feel comfortable bringing their whole selves to work each day.”
Nationally, 572 businesses received the 100 percent rating. To determine scoring, CEI used four criteria including measures on:
Inclusive benefits such as offering parity between different- and same-sex spouses and available coverage for domestic partners of enrollees, removal of transgender exclusions from all benefits plans
Supporting an inclusive culture and corporate social responsibility, including things like Hannaford’s Business Resource Group: Diversity and Inclusion Council
This is the eighth consecutive year that Hannaford received a 100 percent rating on the HRC’s Corporate Equality Index2.
About Hannaford Supermarkets
Hannaford Supermarkets, based in Scarborough, Maine, operates 181 stores in the Northeast. Stores are located in Maine, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Hannaford employs more than 26,000 associates. Additional information can be found at www.hannaford.com
1Ratings by Industry, p. 100. Five states include: ME, NH, VT, MA, NY
2For the prior seven years, Hannaford and its then-sister company, Food Lion, received a 100 percent score as companies of the Delhaize America portfolio. The portfolio, including all shared services, met the criteria of the perfect score and both companies were designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ people.