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CareSource Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index

December 4th, 2023 | 3 min read


DAYTON, OH (December 4, 2023) – CareSource announced Monday they have received a score of 100 on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), the nation’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. CareSource joins the ranks of 545 major U.S. businesses that also earned top marks this year. The full report is available online at

“This tremendous honor is a testament to the way CareSource colleagues embrace one another for exactly who we are,” said Patrice Harris, Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at CareSource. “The inclusion journey is never truly finished; we will continue to strengthen our culture of belonging and ensure psychological safety for all CareSource employees.”

The results of the 2023-2024 CEI showcase how U.S.-based companies are promoting LGBTQ+ friendly workplace policies in the U.S. and abroad. The first year of the CEI included 319 participants, and the 2023-2024 CEI now includes 1,384 participants; further demonstrating the tremendous trajectory of the CEI, a record-breaking 1,340 businesses have non-discrimination protections specific to gender identity, up from just 17 in 2002. The CEI rates companies on detailed criteria falling under four central pillars including: Non-discrimination policies across business entities; equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families; supporting an inclusive culture; and corporate social responsibility.

“Fostering a culture of inclusivity where LGBTQIA+ employees can safely show up as their authentic selves in the work place is woven into the mission of the Pride, Love, Understanding and Support (PLUS) employee resource group,” said Lisa Wymer, Network Operation Lead at CareSource. “Being acknowledged as an Equality Award 100 recipient is a testament to the hard work, dedication and passion of PLUS along with our HR partners and supporting diversity champions.”

The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million outside of the U.S. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine’s 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine’s top 200 revenue-grossing law firms and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid- to large-sized businesses.

“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, Human Rights Campaign Sr Director of Workplace Equality.

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