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09 February 2021

Reynolds again named as a U.S. ‘best place to work for LGBTQ+ equality’

Our colleagues at Reynolds American Inc have earned top marks on the Human Rights Campaign's annual assessment of LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

For the third consecutive year, Reynolds American Inc., the BAT Group's U.S. subsidiary, and its companies (Reynolds) scored 100% on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's 2022 Corporate Equality Index  (CEI).

The CEI is the US’s foremost benchmarking survey and report measuring corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality. Reynolds' efforts in satisfying all of the CEI's criteria earned a designation as one of the “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ+ Equality” in the U.S.

This award for Reynolds comes hot on the heels of BAT being named as a Global Top Employer for a fifth consecutive year.

"We are proud to be among other leading companies promoting LGBTQ+ equality – and for us, it's about more than achieving a top score," said Guy Meldrum, Reynolds President & CEO.

"Ultimately, we aspire to be an organisation with a company culture that is truly representative of the diverse world we live in and the consumers we serve."

With a long history of participating in the Human Rights Campaign Foundation's CEI, 2022 marks the third time Reynolds has scored 100%, which is due, in part, to several policies and actions, including:

  • Inclusive benefits, including parity between same and different-sex spousal and partner benefits and transgender-inclusive health care coverage*.
  • A comprehensive parental leave policy with 16 weeks of paid leave for new parents and up to eight months of a reduced work schedule immediately after the paid leave period*.
  • Reynolds American Inc. President and CEO, Guy Meldrum's ongoing commitment to the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion™ , pledging, alongside more than 2,000 CEOs, to act on supporting a more inclusive workplace for employees, communities, and society at large.
  • Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), including B United, which has a strong mission to foster a sense of inclusivity within the company and celebrate and bring awareness to the LGBTQ+ community.

The CEI rates employers providing these crucial protections to over 20 million U.S. workers and an additional 18 million abroad. Companies rated in the CEI include Fortune magazine's 500 largest publicly traded businesses, American Lawyer magazine's top 200 revenue-grossing law firms (AmLaw 200), and hundreds of publicly and privately held mid-to-large-sized businesses.

The full report is available online at To learn more about Reynolds' steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion, visit

*Specific policy applies to Reynolds American Inc. Local arrangements can vary depending on local laws and practices.