The Kraft Heinz Company is thrilled to announce it earned a perfect score on the 2019 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a report issued by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, the educational arm of the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization. It also was designated a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.

“The top-scoring companies on this year’s CEI are not only establishing policies that affirm and include employees here in the United States, they are applying these policies to their global operations and impacting millions of people beyond our shores,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. Formed in 2015 with the merger of Kraft and Heinz, this is the company’s first perfect score.

To Dustin Isom, head of the Kraft Heinz LGBTQ Business Resource Group, this recognition means everything. “It means that I’m part of an inclusive Kraft Heinz community,” he said. “It shows that LGBTQ individuals can come to work here and just be themselves. It’s amazing what we can do when we accept people’s differences and work together as one!”


Dustin joined Kraft Heinz soon after the company’s merger in 2015. Right away he and other members of the LGBTQ Business Resource Group prioritized the goal of earning a perfect CEI score. Thanks to their dedicated efforts, it took only two and a half years, and included a series of programs such as the implementation of transitioning guidelines, put in place to assist employees and managers in helping individuals who wish to transition genders.

Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2019 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.