By Web Staff Excellus BCBS receives national honors for its diversity and inclusion efforts Excellus BCBS receives national honors for its diversity and inclusion efforts For the third consecutive year, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield earned a perfect score of 100 percent and the designation Best Place to Work for LGBT Equality on the Corporate Equality Index, and received the 2017 Diversity Leader Award from “Profiles in Diversity Journal.” The Corporate Equality Index is a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to workplace equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees. The index is administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. Companies that received the highest rankings have demonstrated a deep commitment to fair and equal treatment of LGBT employee-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs, and public engagement with the LGBT community. The Diversity Leader Award is presented to companies, organizations and governments that are advancing the evolution of diversity and inclusion, and the diversity officers working to achieve that goal. It recognizes outstanding standards aligning diversity initiatives as a catalyst for change to enhance business outcomes. “We are happy to receive recognition for our efforts to become an employer of choice in all communities. We work diligently to ensure that our policies, procedures and practices are fair and equitable for all. We want all of our employees, their families and the community to know we take great pride in this,” said Joseph Searles, director of diversity and workforce inclusion for Excellus BCBS. For more information on the 2016 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei. Also go to http://www.diversityjournal.com/ for more on the Diversity Leader Award.