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Press Release

Cleveland Fed earns top score on Corporate Equality Index

For the ninth consecutive year, the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland has earned the top score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Corporate Equality Index, a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ+ workplace equality.

Participants that earn the top score, 100 points, are designated as recipients of the Equality 100 Award.

“Diversity, equity, inclusion, and opportunity for our employees is important to the work we do at the Cleveland Fed and our engagement in the communities we serve. We are proud to earn a score of 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index,” said Diana Starks, senior vice president, senior diversity advisor, and director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion for the Cleveland Fed.

The Corporate Equality Index rates companies on detailed criteria under four categories:

  • Non-discrimination policies across business entities;
  • Equitable benefits for LGBTQ+ workers and their families;
  • Supporting an inclusive culture; and,
  • Corporate social responsibility.

A total of 1,384 employers participated in this year’s index, and their survey responses are used to generate a report available online at

Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland

The Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that along with the Board of Governors in Washington DC comprise the Federal Reserve System. Part of the US central bank, the Cleveland Fed participates in the formulation of our nation’s monetary policy, supervises banking organizations, provides payment and other services to financial institutions and to the US Treasury, and performs many activities that support Federal Reserve operations System-wide. In addition, the Bank supports the well-being of communities across the Fourth Federal Reserve District through a wide array of research, outreach, and educational activities.

The Cleveland Fed, with branches in Cincinnati and Pittsburgh, serves an area that comprises Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Kentucky, and the northern panhandle of West Virginia.

Media contact

Chuck Soder,, 216.672.2798