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Corning Named One of the Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality

Corning Named One of the Best Places for Equality

The Human Rights Campaign recently recognized Corning Incorporated as one of only 517 businesses in the U.S. that received a perfect score on its 2017 Corporate Equality Index. This distinguishes Corning as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality.” We have received the top score of 100 percent for 12 consecutive years.

"Receiving a perfect score on the Corporate Equality Index once again is extremely gratifying," said Monica Bankston, talent manager, Office of Global Diversity & Inclusion.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization in the U.S. Published every year for 15 years, the Corporate Equality Index rates a company’s policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality. In 2017, the Human Rights Campaign ranked 887 companies in its Corporate Equality Index, up from 851 in 2016.

"It is a testament to the fact that Corning supports an inclusive culture that values the full spectrum of diversity, and provides a safe, accepting environment where every employee can bring his / her whole self to work," Bankston said.

We believe in the fundamental dignity each employee and our network consists of a diverse mixture of people. We value the unique ability of each individual to contribute, and we intend that every employee shall have the opportunity to participate fully, to grow professionally, and to develop to his or her highest potential.

Corning Wins Award for Commitment to Diversity

Corning Wins Award for Commitment to Diversity

When Corning was among just 45 American companies honored recently for their commitment to diversity and inclusion at the second annual Best of the Best Awards Gala, Corning made it a night to remember by sponsoring and creating the awards, handmade Steuben Glass pieces.

"The awards were the talk of the night," said Annette, SPECTRA employee resource group (ERG) member, regarding the award designed for Steuben Glass by Michelle Groblewski of Hawke and Axel Glass in Corning. "It was exciting to have Corning and Steuben playing such an integral part of the award. It made the gala even more special."

The award was sponsored by Jeff Evenson, Corning senior vice president and chief strategy officer, and the Office of Global Diversity and Inclusion for the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and its National Business Inclusion Consortium (NBIC), a coalition of diverse business organizations, which selected the winning companies based on their responses to a detailed survey about their inclusive programs, and a report on their diversity and inclusion policies and achievements, said Monica Bankston, talent manager, Global Diversity and Inclusion.

"The NGLCC loved the award and was very thankful to Corning for sponsoring such a prestigious and unique design that recipients treasured," Monica said.

Corning was selected for the Best of the Best list for the second year in a row, and 10 Corning employees and one Corning Museum of Glass employee who works with Steuben Glass attended the Awards Gala recently at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The award is significant to Corning because it recognizes Corning's achievement in promoting diversity and inclusion along with only 44 other American companies, Monica said.

"Only companies that have achieved industry-leading results across all diverse segments are eligible to receive the Best of the Best designation from the NBIC," she said. "That is a big deal not only to the LGBTQ community, but to AA/Black, Hispanic, Asian, and women-led coalitions that focus on driving and improving diversity and inclusion in businesses across the country."

Supplier diversity is also an important criterion for the award, said Annette, who is a member of the NGLCC. "Corning has a supplier diversity program where we are continuing to enhance our ability to work with small and diverse businesses," she said.

A key to Corning's nominating report is its five-year diversity and inclusion strategy, which has two purposes: to build on Corning's 45-year commitment to diversity and inclusion by actively supporting a strategic imperative to hire, retain, and develop diverse employees; and leverage the creativity of diverse and inclusive teams across all business units and staffs to drive future disruptive innovations.

"Our vision is to continue to support and enhance an inclusive culture that values the full spectrum of diversity and provides a safe, accepting environment where every employee can bring their whole self to work," Monica wrote in the nominating report. "We reflect our customers, suppliers, and consumers in our employees and organizational teams. We see our future in the personal and professional development of our diverse workforce, and encourage individual engagement at every level of the organization."

Corning's Talent Management strategy attracts, develops, and retains diverse professionals who can succeed in an open, collaborative environment that develops future global leaders, said Christy Pambianchi, senior vice president, Human Resources.

"Corning's commitment to diversity and inclusion has never been stronger," she said. "We are passionate about the individuals who make up our company and believe it is incumbent on our leaders to create and maintain an environment where employees can contribute to their potential."

Corning's 15 active ERGs represent the interests of employee segments. SPECTRA, founded in 1999, was established for LGBT employees and their allies, and educates employees and the communities near Corning facilities about LGBT issues.

SPECTRA's annual Stepping Out events for employees and the public, for example, feature well-known LGBT comedians. "SPECTRA is an integral component of our work to raise visibility of the LGBT community and broaden understanding of LGBT issues," Annette said.

Christine Heckle, a member of the SPECTRA and the Abled and DisAbled Partnering Together (ADAPT) groups who attended the gala, said the ERGs serve a valuable function in Corning.

"Companies and teams perform better when people with different skill sets, perspectives, and life experiences come together to solve problems," said Christine, research director, Inorganic Materials Research. "ERGs provide a voice to potentially marginalized employees to improve the working environment. They also support individual employees with leadership experience and professional development.

"I'm proud to work for an organization that maintains a focus on Valuing the Individual and puts real effort into making sure employees are treated equitably at work."