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Air Products Earns Top Marks for 2018 Corporate Equality Index

Company Earns 100 Percent on Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 16th Annual Scorecard on LGBTQ Workplace Equality

Air Products (NYSE: APD), a world-leading industrial gases company, announced today it earned a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. 

“At Air Products, we have a goal to be the world’s most diverse and inclusive industrial gas company,” said Seifi Ghasemi, Chairman, President and CEO. “We want to attract and retain the best people and get the benefits of everyone’s talents. You can only do that if you create an inclusive environment where everyone feels respected, valued, and wants to come to work every day and feels empowered to be their best self.”

Air Products continues to drive progress through efforts such as its Inclusion Network, a coalition of supportive communities focused on attracting and retaining talent, raising cultural awareness, developing skills, and contributing to the company's diversity and inclusion objectives. The Inclusion Network includes Spectrum, an Air Products Employee Resource Group for LGBT+ employees, that will celebrate its 25th year of achievements in 2018. Air Products is also a member of the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™, which includes more than 300 CEOs of organizations pledging to take action to building a workplace where diverse perspectives and experiences are welcomed and respected. 

The 2018 CEI rated 947 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ equality within related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. Air Products’ efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit  www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index.