The Tennessee Equality Project announced yesterday that Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores, based in Lebanon, Tenn., improved 40 points in the 2011 Human Rights Campaign's Corporate Equality Index.
The Corporate Equality Index is an annual survey that rates U.S. corporations on their non-discrimination policies and practices toward lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees and consumers. A quote from page 8 of the report, which also lists Cracker Barrel as one of the twelve organizations who had an increase of 30 or greater:
"Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Inc., once in the news for delivering pink slips justified by 'The employee is gay,' has implemented a non-discrimination policy and diversity training that includes sexual orientation and has even gone as far as to provide a cash grant to the Tennessee Equality Project."
TEP's cash grant from Cracker Barrel, a member of the Nashville GLBT Chamber of Commerce, is part of a broader strategy to bring friendly and accepting workplaces to Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores and the corporate operations here in Tennessee. To share your gratitude for Cracker Barrel's support, visit their website at www.crackerbarrel.com.
The full HRC's Corporate Equality Index Report is available here. A more in-depth examination of Cracker Barrel's improvement in this year's survey will be featured in our November issue.