Corporate Partners

Announcing the 2017 HRC Corporate Equality Index

The IBA is proud to recognize our Corporate Parters at Borgata, Comcast, Exelon (PECO), PNC, and TD Bank for their perfect scores in the 2017 Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

We are also excited to see this year’s report reflect the strides that are being made nationwide towards inclusion of LGBT Certified Businesses in corporate contracting. See below for more on the CEI’s efforts to include LGBT Supplier Diversity Initiatives in their ranking system:

The National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce began certifying LGBT-owned small businesses in 2002, a process that requires substantiation of majority LGBT ownership in a business and verification of a business’ good standing in the community. Supplier diversity initiatives are a win-win relationship for both the LGBT-owned small businesses and the businesses that contract them. By courting LGBT-owned businesses, over one-third of this year’s rated companies and law firms demonstrated their commitment to LGBT inclusion and now reap the benefits of working with businesses in the diverse communities in which they operate. While the CEI criteria will not prescribe the addition of a supplier diversity program nor NGLCC membership, it is seen as a best practice by many leading companies with world-class supplier diversity programs.

For CEI 2017 (calendar year 2016) and CEI 2018 (calendar year 2017):

● Participants will continue earning credit for having an LGBT supplier diversity program as one of their three efforts to earn 10 points under Public Engagement. Starting with CEI 2019 (calendar year 2018):

● Participants with a supplier diversity program must include LGBT suppliers in their outreach efforts to maintain full credit in this section. Participants with a supplier diversity program that does not include LGBT diversity will lose 5 points under Public Engagement.”

With all of the progress being made by national players like HRC and NGLCC, there has never been a better time to get certified. The first step towards certification is joining your local chamber – that’s the IBA for all those in Greater Philadelphia.  Contact us now to learn more about growing your business with LGBTBE Certification!

Read the full CEI report here.

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AstraZeneca Becomes the IBA’s Newest Corporate Partner

The IBA is excited to welcome AstraZeneca as its newest Corporate Partner. AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven bio-pharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines, primarily for the treatment of cardiovascular, metabolic, respiratory, inflammation, autoimmune, oncology, infection and neuroscience diseases.

Through its Supplier Diversity office at its North American headquarters in Wilmington Delaware, AstraZeneca will be working with the IBA to enhance its supplier network of LGBT businesses. The IBA looks forward to connecting AstraZeneca with our many successful business members. Stay tuned for more exciting news in the coming year about opportunities to showcase your business to AstraZeneca.

Welcome aboard AstraZeneca!

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Elsevier Becomes the IBA’s Newest Corporate Partner

The IBA is excited to welcome Elsevier as its newest Corporate Partner. Elsevier, which is the world’s leading provider of science and health information and has its regional corporate headquarters in Philadelphia, has been an IBA Corporate Member since January, 2013.

Throughout 2013, the IBA supported and partnered with RE Pride, Elsevier’s Philadelphia-based newly formed LGBT Employee Resource Group and we are looking forward to growing the partnership in new and exciting ways over the coming year.

Welcome aboard Elsevier!

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