Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Awarded Perfect Score in Corporate Equality Index for Fourth Consecutive Year


PROVIDENCE, RI – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) received a score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The designation marks the fourth year in a row that BCBSRI has received a perfect score.

BCBSRI joins the ranks of 609 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year. This is the highest number of 100-percent rated businesses in the history of the CEI.

“A core part of Blue Cross’s culture is respecting and celebrating the qualities, experiences, and beliefs that make our employees who they are,” said Visael (Bobby) Rodriguez, BCBSRI’s vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer. “Our differences, including our unique perspectives, strengthen us as an organization so that we can better serve the richly diverse communities of Rhode Island.”

BCBSRI continues to expand and strengthen its diversity and inclusion (D&I) efforts, including:
• Developing a training program for all employees on how D&I contributes to exceptional performance
• Establishing a Diversity Council, which has taken an active role in advocating for D&I through a variety of channels, among them Blue pRIde, an LGBTQ-focused employee resource group
• Launching an LGBTQ Safe Zone Certification Program for Rhode Island providers, which certifies healthcare practices that provide safe, affirming, and inclusive care to the LGBTQ community

The 2018 CEI rated 947 businesses in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-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. BCBSRI’s efforts in satisfying all of the CEI’s criteria resulted 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

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