It’s my pleasure to announce that Celanese has officially been named an HRC Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality. This achievement is the result of hard work and commitment on the part of our leaders, our PRIDE resource group and the entire Celanese family!

The Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool for the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. It rates corporate policies and practices pertinent to LGBTQ employees. Only 571 companies in the U.S. have been awarded this designation. Joining the list with Dow, Dupont and BASF, among other chemical and specialty materials companies, allows Celanese to compete for key talent on all levels during this time of competitive employment markets.

My journey began in 2010 with the informal formation of the PRIDE group at Celanese. We then experienced a transformational milestone in 2012 with the addition of domestic partner benefits and with PRIDE becoming the first “affinity group” within the company. Then in 2014, PRIDE became our first Employee Resource Group (ERG). We have continued to set aggressive goals and face our challenges head-on, which has culminated in the significance of reaching this milestone; it is truly a recognition of so many dedicated employees who have made this accomplishment possible.

Achieving this award is proof that our company is moving forward in support of our efforts to create a culture where all employees are treated with respect and dignity as we continue to foster a diverse and inclusive work environment where everyone feels safe, appreciated and included. I am proud that our company takes a principled stand for our people around the globe. Taking a stand matters for us, our customers, our investors and the communities where we live. Doing so ensures the success of Celanese for generations to come.

Many thanks to those who took a stand and helped Celanese attain this high goal. To learn more about the HRC Corporate Equality Index, visit http://www.hrc.org/campaigns/corporate-equality-index.