MIAMI, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) has been recognized once again by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) with a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (CEI), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) workplace equality. Royal Caribbean joins the ranks of 609 major U.S. businesses which also earned top marks this year.
"We're thrilled to receive Human Rights Campaign's top score for our commitment and support of LGBTQ employees," said Adam Goldstein, chief operating officer for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. "This distinction reflects Royal Caribbean's longstanding dedication to our diversity journey and our commitment to foster an inclusive work environment that is made up of people from varied backgrounds, experiences and perspectives."
The 2018 CEI rated Royal Caribbean in the report, which evaluates LGBTQ-related policies and practices including non-discrimination workplace protections, domestic partner benefits, transgender-inclusive health care benefits, competency programs and public engagement with the LGBTQ community. RCL's efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria results in a 100 percent ranking and the designation as a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality.
For more information on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index, or to download a free copy of the report, visit www.hrc.org/cei.
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the educational arm of America's largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.
Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. (NYSE: RCL) is a global cruise vacation company that owns and operates three global brands: Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises and Azamara Club Cruises. We are a 50 percent joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises, a 49 percent shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur and a minority shareholder in SkySea cruises. Together, these brands operate a combined total of 48 ships with an additional thirteen on order. They operate diverse itineraries around the world that call on approximately 535 destinations on all seven continents.
Additional information can be found on www.rclcorporate.com.
SOURCE Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
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